New articles are available from Canadian Military History!

Dominion Command of the Royal Canadian Legion has partnered with the folks at the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, who have been providing webinars and these articles throughout the pandemic.  A great benefit for members and non-members alike.


First Canadian Army artillery support in Operation Veritable, German armoured assaults against the Normandy bridgehead, plus fourteen book reviews!
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New articles from Canadian Military History Vol. 30 No. 1 are now available at http://scholars.wlu.ca/cmh/
“A Calculated and Terrible Efficiency:” The Operation Veritable Fire Plan, February 1945
David Grebstad
Abstract: The First Canadian Army’s Operation Veritable, launched in early February 1945, aimed to drive the Germans from between the Maas and Rhine Rivers in order to establish the jumping off point for the Allied assault into the Rhineland. To support this attack, over a thousand guns were assembled from Canadian and British artilleries to smash and suppress the German defenders as the Anglo-Canadian manoeuvre forces advanced. Through innovation, guile and the use of new and more effective equipment, the gunners in support of First Canadian Army overcame challenging terrain and a weakened but nonetheless resolute enemy to enable the largest offensive operation of Canadian arms in the Second World War with what one Canadian Army historian referred to as a “calculated and terrible efficiency.”
The Night of the Panthers: The Assault of Kampfgruppe Meyer/Wünsche on Bretteville-l’Orgueilleuse, 8/9 June 1944
Arthur Gullachsen
Abstract: This article provides historical insight into the failure of German armoured counterattacks in the immediate aftermath of the Normandy invasion. The failure of an armoured battlegroup of the 12.SS-Panzerdivision to take the village of Bretteville l’Orgueilleuse on the night of 8/9 June 1944 was not exclusively due to poor planning, lack of coordination and not enough infantry support. Though these factors
were present in abundance, the main reason for failure was German confidence in mutated armoured tactics that were successfully used by the Waffen-SS on the Eastern Front. These rough tactics, though successful in the Ukraine in 1943, actually violated established German armoured doctrine. The failure of the Waffen-SS commanders to recognise the need for greater preparation and, by default, larger and more powerful resources doomed their early offensive operations against the Normandy bridgehead, one of which is examined in detail within this article.
BOOK REVIEWS
Morrison: The Long-Lost Memoir of Canada’s Artillery Commander in the Great War by Major-General Sir Edward Morrison, edited by Susan Raby-Dunne 
Peter L. Belmonte

Harry Livingstone’s Forgotten Men: Canadians and the Chinese Labour Corps in the First World War by Dan Black
Tim Cook

Making the Best of It: Women and Girls of Canada and Newfoundland during the Second World War edited by Sarah Glassford and Amy Shaw
Tim Cook

Not for King or Country: Edward Cecil-Smith, The Communist Party of Canada, and the Spanish Civil War by Tyler Wentzell
Tim Cook

Crerar’s Lieutenants: Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939-45 by Geoffrey Hayes
Caroline d’Amours

A Township At War by Jonathan F. Vance
John Heckman

Forging the Shield: The U.S. Army in Europe, 1951-1962 (U.S. Army in the Cold War) by Donald A. Carter
Mark Klobas

Fort Henry: An Illustrated History by Steve Mecredy
Michael P.A. Murphy

Ypres by Mark Connelly and Stefan Goebel
Katrina J. Pasierbek

Indigenous Peoples and the Second World War: The Politics, Experiences and Legacies of War in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand by R. Scott Sheffield and Noah Riseman

William John Pratt

Operation Kinetic: Stabilizing Kosovo by Sean M. Maloney
Krenare Recaj

The Imperial Army Project: Britain and the Land Forces of the Dominions and India, 1902-1945 by Douglas E. Delaney
Brad St.Croix

The Craft of Wargaming: A Detailed Planning Guide for Defense Planners and Analysts by Jeff Appleget, Robert Burks and Fred Cameron
David Stubbs

The Stories Were Not Told: Canada’s First World War Internment Camps by Sandra Semchuk
Andrew Theobald

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