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Call for Papers: 32nd Canadian Military History Colloquium

While not one of their webinar notices, the conference is being offered by the organization that Dominion Command has partnered with.  So it may be of interest to some members.


Now accepting submissions for the 2022 Canadian Military History Colloquium.
Hosted by the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada, the 32nd Canadian Military History Colloquium will be on 6-7 May 2022. Conference organisers invite submissions on all periods and aspects of Canadian military history and war and society. Proposals are welcome from scholars, independent researchers and graduate students.

If permitted by university and public health officials, the conference will be held in-person at Wilfrid Laurier University. We understand that this may not be possible and have contingency plans for a hybrid or fully virtual event.

To apply, submit a 250-300 word abstract and a brief bio to conference@canadianmilitaryhistory.caThe application deadline is 18 February 2022.

For updates and additional information about this year’s conference, visit studyofcanada.ca/cmhc.

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Webinar: John Boyko on Canada and the Vietnam War

A reminder about this Royal Canadian Legion Dominion Command-partnered event occurring tomorrow.


The Devil’s Trick: How Canada Fought the Vietnam War
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JOHN BOYKO
The Devil’s Trick: How Canada Fought the Vietnam War

January 12th at 7:00pm ET

The webinar is FREE on Zoom.

Registration is required. Click HERE.

Through the lens of six remarkable people, some well-known, and others obscure, John Boyko will recount Canada’s often-overlooked involvement in the Vietnam War that began before the Americanization of that slow-motion tragedy and lasted long after the Americans left. Canada was a perhaps naive peacemaker, combatant, a cynical provider of weaponry, and a sanctuary. In uncovering Canada’s complex involvement in the Vietnam War, the many secrets and often forgotten ways that Canada not only fought the war but was shaped by its lessons and lies will be revealed.
UPCOMING EVENTS

16 February | Speaker Series
Maya Goldenberg
“Is There a War on Science?”
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Presented by:
Click here to listen to the latest episode of On War & SocietyOh What A Visual War with Beatriz Pichel.

On War & Society features authors discussing their research, the challenges associated with doing history, and life ‘behind the book.’

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LCSC
75 University Ave W
Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5

Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies · 75 University Ave W · Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5 · Canada

Webinar: John Boyko on Canada and the Vietnam War

These webinars, which are offered in partnership with Dominion Command, may be of interest to some members.


The Devil’s Trick: How Canada Fought the Vietnam War
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JOHN BOYKO
The Devil’s Trick: How Canada Fought the Vietnam War

January 12th at 7:00pm ET

The webinar is FREE on Zoom.

Registration is required. Click HERE.

Through the lens of six remarkable people, some well-known, and others obscure, John Boyko will recount Canada’s often-overlooked involvement in the Vietnam War that began before the Americanization of that slow-motion tragedy and lasted long after the Americans left. Canada was a perhaps naive peacemaker, combatant, a cynical provider of weaponry, and a sanctuary. In uncovering Canada’s complex involvement in the Vietnam War, the many secrets and often forgotten ways that Canada not only fought the war but was shaped by its lessons and lies will be revealed.
UPCOMING EVENTS

16 February | Speaker Series
Maya Goldenberg
“Is There a War on Science?”
Click HERE to Register

Presented by:
Click here to listen to the latest episode of On War & SocietyOh What A Visual War with Beatriz Pichel.

On War & Society features authors discussing their research, the challenges associated with doing history, and life ‘behind the book.’

Copyright © 2022 LCSC, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
LCSC
75 University Ave W
Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5

Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies · 75 University Ave W · Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5 · Canada

A new name, bigger mandate, and more possibilities

An item from the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies that may be of interest to our membership.


Welcome to the New Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada!
The Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies (LCMSDS), which has become one of Canada’s largest military history research centres since its founding by Terry Copp and Marc Kilgour, is expanding to become the Laurier Centre for the Study of Canada (LCSC).

The reimagined research centre will facilitate and support original research on the expansive, evolving and contested interpretations of Canada.

War and Society Research to Continue

LCMSDS programming will continue under the banner of the new War and Society collective, including:

  • the annual Canadian Military History Colloquium
  • virtual and in-person public lectures
  • our journal Canadian Military History, published in partnership with the Canadian War Museum
  • the On War & Society podcast
  • battlefield study tours
  • Laurier Military History Archive

Legacy LCMSDS content from canadianmilitaryhistory.ca is still available in the War and Society section of studyofcanada.ca.

Additional Research Subjects and Partners

In addition the legacy programming, LCSC welcomes three new research collectives, which will examine the themes of Policy Connections for CanadaCommunities, and Publics and Social Justice.

Each collective is made up of Laurier faculty and graduate students from more than a dozen departments in the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Liberal Arts, as well as external research fellows from academic and community partners.

Work in these collectives is already well underway, providing high-quality experiential learning and training opportunities for Laurier undergraduate and graduate students. Research in all four collectives is supported through the new Copp Scholars program that has already funded more than 2,500 hours of research assistance from a team of 17 senior undergraduate students.

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Special Issue of Canadian Military History on the Battle of Hong Kong!

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A special issue to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong
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For its fall 2021 issue, Canadian Military History  has published a special issue to commemorate the Battle of Hong Kong’s eightieth anniversary. This issue explores various aspects of the battle, its aftermath, and its memory.

Access it at http://scholars.wlu.ca/cmh/.

Reappraising the Battle of Hong Kong: Preliminary Observations from a Spatial History Project
Kwong Chi Man
Abstract: This article summarises the author’s recent experience of revisiting the Battle of Hong Kong in 1941 through a spatial history project based on a critical reading of primary sources from Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Canada and Japan. The spatial history approach allows the author to propose new observations about the operational and tactical dimensions of the battle, the experience of the Canadian forces, the performance of the Japanese forces and the reasons for the battle’s outcome, which was seemingly a foregone conclusion. This article also discusses some possible future research directions on the topic and outlines how these new directions help with the commemoration of the battle in Canada, Hong Kong, Japan and the United Kingdom.
The Battle of Hong Kong, Forgotten and Remembered: C Force, Cultural Memory and Commemoration
Alexandra McKinnon
Abstract: This article considers how veterans of C Force and their families have shaped Canadian cultural memory of the Battle of Hong Kong and their engagement with memorial and material landscapes. In considering bottom-up processes of commemoration, this article suggests that the “forgotten battle” of Canadian service in the Second World War has not been forgotten after all. Instead, Canadian cultural memory of the battle reflects the enduring impact of individual experience in shaping national narratives.
Fun Behind the Wire?: Francis “Huck” O’Neill and the Canadian POW Experience in Hong Kong, 1941-1945
Michael B. Pass
Abstract: Many prior studies of Canadian POWs during the Pacific War have focused on the sadism and mistreatment of their Japanese jailors, helping to make this a dominant image of the conflict. This article moderates this view by discrediting the notion that Japanese soldiers were motivated by an omnipresent belief in “bushido,” as well as by studying newly discovered documents produced in captivity by Canadian Auxiliary Services Officer Francis O’Neill. It argues that Japanese conduct towards POWs was more variable than previously recognised and highlights moments of levity and fun as O’Neill and his fellow prisoners organised sporting events, games and theatrical productions.
From the Vaults: Objects Relating to the Canadian Experience in Hong Kong 
Stacey Barker & Jeff Noakes | Canadian War Museum – Musée canadien de la guerre
Abstract: This article focuses on the material culture of Canadians’ experiences during and after the Battle of Hong Kong. Stories of combat, captivity, and the return home are told through this selection of personal objects now preserved in the collections of the Canadian War Museum. These artifacts highlight the particular circumstances and harsh conditions faced by prisoners of war and civilian detainees, and serve as entry points into the wider history of the battle, its aftermath, and its lasting consequences.

Cet article porte sur la culture matérielle des expériences des Canadiens et Canadiennes pendant et après la bataille de Hong Kong. Des histoires de combat, de captivité et de retour au pays sont racontées à travers cette sélection d’objets personnels maintenant conservés dans les collections du Musée canadien de la guerre. Ces artefacts mettent en lumière les circonstances particulières et les conditions difficiles auxquelles sont confrontés les prisonniers de guerre et les détenus civils. Ils servent aussi de points d’entrée dans l’histoire plus large de la bataille, ses répercussions et ses conséquences à long terme.

The Victors, Not the Vanquished: A Conversation with Hong Kong Veteran George MacDonell
Brad St.Croix | Feature
Abstract: This article centres around a conversation the author had with Battle of Hong Kong veteran George MacDonell. Several questions were asked to gain insights about events related to the battle as MacDonell saw it and the years the Canadian prisoners of war spent in brutal Japanese captivity. MacDonell was also asked about his opinions on a variety of subjects. Ultimately, one of his greatest concerns is that the exploits of him and his comrades would be forgotten. This article is designed to bring attention to such a worry so that work can be done to ensure this does not happen.
Brigadier J. K. Lawson’s Diary: October to December 1941
Tyler Wentzell | Feature
Abstract: This article contextualises and reproduces the diary kept by Brigadier J. K. Lawson during his command of C Force at the Battle of Hong Kong. The diary covers events from Lawson’s departure from Ottawa by rail on 23 October 1941 until his death in battle on 19 December. Allied soldiers hid Lawson’s diary and other effects from Japanese guards during four long years of imprisonment and had them delivered to his widow after the war.
A Halifax: The Story of MZ 899
David J. Bercuson | Feature
Abstract: We know a great deal about the Royal Air Force’s (RAF)’s bomber offensive. There is also an extensive library of autobiographies, memoirs and other primary sources telling the personal stories of a great many aircrew, some famous—such as Guy Gibson who led the Dam Busters Raid of 1943—and others not so famous—such as Howard Hewer’s In For a Penny, In for a Pound, the story of a young man who flew in Nos. 148 and 218 Squadrons of the RAF. But few of those works have focused on the aircrew of individual aircraft because of the dearth of primary source material available to tell their stories. This is the saga of one such crew who flew a Halifax Mark III with No. 433 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and who did not survive the war. The heart of this story is based on the personnel records of these men, held at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa.
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