Canadian Army And The Normandy Campaign

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Overview

This book is a unique case study of the impact of a peacetime army--its history, organization and command structures, doctrines, and level of training--on the subsequent operation of large field forces in battle. Drawing on a variety of archival sources, the author presents new information on attempts to prepare inadequately trained troops for battle during World War II, together with a critical analysis of the Canadian army's performance in the late stages of the war.
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Analyzes the pretty dismal showing of the Canadian army late in World War II through an examination of its organization, training, and fighting style. Drawing on the personal correspondence of Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery, concludes that the error was in not keeping the army prepared between the world wars. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275930196
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/30/1991
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Lexile: 1580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

John A. English served thirty-seven years in the Canadian Army and completed master's and doctoral degrees in military history. He has taught at Queen's University and the U.S. Naval War College. He lives in Canada.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Gunther E. Rothenberg

Preface

Prologue: Of Ignorant Armies

Long Forgotten Winters

The Canadian Corps and the British Mold

The Bellows of Peace

Shaping an Expeditionary Force

The Staff Caste

Battle Drill Die

The Montgomery Measurement

Epilogue: Final Tempering

Half-Forgotten Summer

The Imprint of Doctrine

Cast of Commanders

Throes Beyond the Beach

Cold Eye on Death

The Amiens Alchemy

Case Hardening

Conclusion: Final Casting

Appendix A: Some General Notes on What to Look for When Visiting a Regiment by Lt.-Col. B. L. Montgomery

Appendix B: Tank and Gun Comparisons

Select Bibliography

Index

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