New articles are available from Canadian Military History!

Note these articles from a partner of Dominion Command may be of interest to some of our members.

Brigade-level leadership in Belgium and Holland, and postwar attempts to build a national memorial to the Second World War.
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New articles are available from Canadian Military History!

Vol. 31, No. 1, Winter / Spring 2022

Doctrine, Training and Education in the Development of Canadian Brigadiers

Abstract: This paper argues that Anglo-Canadian doctrine had a greater influence on how Brigadiers Robert Moncel and James Jefferson commanded their brigades than the experience they gained along two different career paths. The rapid expansion of the Canadian Army during the Second World War prevented Canadian infantry and armoured brigade commanders from gaining experience in both staff and command billets. As junior or senior officers, future brigade commanders normally attended either a condensed version of Staff College or Senior Officers’ School. Here they developed two distinct skill sets before they assumed command of brigades. Despite the differing purposes of these course, the doctrine used provided an institutional language that transcended the experience gained by officers as they progressed in their careers. By examining the pre-war and wartime careers of Moncel and Jefferson and how they commanded their brigades in Operation Suitcase, it is clear doctrine had a greater influence on how they planned and fought their formations.

Failure to Launch

Abstract: Between the end of the Second World War and the mid-1960s, the Canadian federal government made several attempts to commemorate and memorialise those who died during the war. Despite strong government support and advocacy from the Royal Canadian Legion, the Canadian population did not believe that building a new memorial was a wise expenditure of taxpayer money. This article uses newspaper records, The Legionary and government documents to examine how successive federal governments tried and failed to commemorate and memorialise the Second World War with a national war memorial. This article also problematises the current understanding of how the Second World has been remembered in Canada. The current historiographical understanding of Canadian Second World War memory suggests that the country has done a poor job commemorating the dead of that war. However, the lack of traditional memorials and monuments does not necessarily indicate that the Second World War has gone unremembered, but that conceptualisations of memory need to be expanded to take stock of the commemorative landscape.

June 29th @7:30pm ET

The Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World Warwith MIKE BECHTHOLDFor more information and to register CLICK HERE.

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