Zoom Webinar: Matthew Barrett on Canadian Army Officer Discipline and Martial Justice, 1944–45

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Canadian Army Officer Discipline and Martial Justice, 1944-45

August 11th, 7:00 PM ET

The webinar is FREE on Zoom.

Registration is required. You do not need a Zoom account to watch.

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Of all the stories from Normandy during the hard fighting of summer 1944 few were stranger than the experience of Lieutenant Reginald Woods of the Lake Superior Regiment. After his platoon came under German attack on 17 August, Woods vanished. When he suddenly re-emerged two months later claiming amnesia Canadian military authorities needed to grapple with assumptions about combat leadership, mental responsibility and criminal culpability. Using an illustrated, graphic history approach, Matthew Barrett explores Woods’ medical diagnosis and eventual court martial to highlight the challenges of uncovering what happened and piercing through the fog of war. Using Woods’ fascinating story as a case study, this talk examines the topic of officer discipline more broadly to study the legal, medical, and administrative responses to perceived misconduct and failure on the battlefield.

DR. MATTHEW BARRETT is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow with the Canadian War Museum. His postdoctoral project explores the creation of graphic history scholarship as a visual form of historical interpretation and analysis. His forthcoming book, Scandalous Conduct: Canadian Officer Courts Martial, 1914-1945, will be published by UBC Press.


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Marie Eve Vaillencourt, JBC
“Remembering the Canadians in Normandy”
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Geoff Hayes
“The Canadians in Normandy: Another Go-Around”
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