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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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Zoom Webinar: Geoff Hayes on The Canadians in Normandy

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GEOFF HAYES

The Canadians in Normandy:
Another Go-Around

August 25th, 7:30 PM ET

The webinar is FREE on Zoom.

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Despite years of debate, the view persists that “something appeared to be wrong” with First Canadian Army through the summer of 1944. This talk traces the Canadian path through Normandy to re-consider an ‘old’ narrative. It argues that, in the face of heavy casualties and enduring British criticism of the Canadians, the soldiers of First Canadian Army understood that they had earned a remarkable victory in Normandy. Finally, after over four years of war, the Canadians believed that they had won a Canadian victory, one that matched, even surpassed their fathers’ achievements a generation before.

Educated at Wilfrid Laurier University and Western University, GEOFF HAYES is a professor of history at the University of Waterloo. He was a student of Terry Copp when he wrote The Lincs: A History of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment at War (1986). Most recently his book, Crerar’s Lieutenants: Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939–1945 (UBC, 2017) won the 2018 C.P. Stacey Award. Geoff has learned a great deal from the many student tours he has joined on the battlefields of Northwest Europe, organized through the Canadian Battlefields Foundation.

UPCOMING WEBINARS

6 October | Telling the Stories of Canada
Joy Porter
“That Talented Canadian, Mr. Frank Prewett:
Trauma and Indigenous Masquerade in the Wake of the First World War”
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3 November | Telling the Stories of Canada
Carla-Jean Stokes
“First World War Photography”
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Zoom Webinar: Geoff Hayes on The Canadians in Normandy

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GEOFF HAYES

The Canadians in Normandy:
Another Go-Around

August 25th, 7:30 PM ET

The webinar is FREE on Zoom.

Registration is required, but you do not need a Zoom account to watch.

CLICK HERE to Register

Despite years of debate, the view persists that “something appeared to be wrong” with First Canadian Army through the summer of 1944. This talk traces the Canadian path through Normandy to re-consider an ‘old’ narrative. It argues that, in the face of heavy casualties and enduring British criticism of the Canadians, the soldiers of First Canadian Army understood that they had earned a remarkable victory in Normandy. Finally, after over four years of war, the Canadians believed that they had won a Canadian victory, one that matched, even surpassed their fathers’ achievements a generation before.

Educated at Wilfrid Laurier University and Western University, GEOFF HAYES is a professor of history at the University of Waterloo. He was a student of Terry Copp when he wrote The Lincs: A History of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment at War (1986). Most recently his book, Crerar’s Lieutenants: Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939–1945 (UBC, 2017) won the 2018 C.P. Stacey Award. Geoff has learned a great deal from the many student tours he has joined on the battlefields of Northwest Europe, organized through the Canadian Battlefields Foundation.

UPCOMING WEBINARS

6 October | Telling the Stories of Canada
Joy Porter
“That Talented Canadian, Mr. Frank Prewett:
Trauma and Indigenous Masquerade in the Wake of the First World War”
Click HERE to Register

3 November | Telling the Stories of Canada
Carla-Jean Stokes
“First World War Photography”
Click HERE to Register

Presented by:
Click here to listen to the latest episode of On War & SocietyThe American War in Vietnam with Robert Thompson.

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

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

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DR. MATTHEW BARRETT

Canadian Army Officer Discipline and Martial Justice, 1944-45

August 11th, 7:00 PM ET

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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.

UPCOMING WEBINARS

25 August | LCMSDS
Marie Eve Vaillancourt
“Remembering the Canadians in Normandy”
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8 September | LCMSDS
Geoff Hayes
“The Canadians in Normandy: Another Go-Around”
Click HERE to Register

Presented by:
Click here to listen to the latest episode of On War & SocietyA War of Emotions with Lucy Noakes.

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

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

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

This up-coming webinar may be of interest to members.


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DR. MATTHEW BARRETT

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.

CLICK HERE to Register

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.

UPCOMING WEBINARS

25 August | LCMSDS
Marie Eve Vaillencourt, JBC
“Remembering the Canadians in Normandy”
Click HERE to Register

8 September | LCMSDS
Geoff Hayes
“The Canadians in Normandy: Another Go-Around”
Click HERE to Register

Presented by:
Click here to listen to the latest episode of On War & SocietyA War of Emotions with Lucy Noakes.

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

Copyright © 2021 LCMSDS, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
LCMSDS
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