Commanding Canadians: The Second World War Diaries of A. F. C. Layard

Commanding Canadians: The Second World War Diaries of A. F. C. Layard

by Michael Whitby
     
 

Commanding Canadians is the first comprehensive personal account – British or Canadian – that covers the entire inshore anti-U-boat campaign in European waters during the Second World War. Rescued from the archives, the diary of Commander Arthur Layard affords the reader insights into the experiences of command at sea against German naval forces

Overview

Commanding Canadians is the first comprehensive personal account – British or Canadian – that covers the entire inshore anti-U-boat campaign in European waters during the Second World War. Rescued from the archives, the diary of Commander Arthur Layard affords the reader insights into the experiences of command at sea against German naval forces. Far from a daily chronicle, this remarkably full and honest diary outlines Layard’s thoughts on his daily life and his naval career, including the strain and responsibility associated with command at sea in wartime.

As well as shedding light on the inshore anti-submarine campaign, the diary also discusses significant events, such as the invasions of North Africa and Normandy and convoys to Russia; encounters with important personalities; the sinking of submarines and his own command; and the final surrender of German U-boats.

A consummately well-researched work, Commanding Canadians will appeal to both naval scholars, as well as to general readers interested in military history.

Editorial Reviews

Canadian Naval Review

Commanding Canadians is a gripping history of a small part of the Battle of the Atlantic, a fascinating picture of the realities of life at sea and ashore through extended periods of operations and, most valuably, a wonderful case study of leadership.... This book is a fascinating read and an interesting guide for personal examination and reflection.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780774811934
Publisher:
University of Washington Press
Publication date:
10/27/2005
Series:
Studies in Canadian Military History Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Marc Milner

There is NOTHING in print anywhere that captures a sense of the whole war at sea from 1939—45, let alone the Atlantic war, like this book. It is a remarkable document, revealing the routine of daily life for a naval officer and providing unique insight into the later stages of anti—submarine warfare in the Second World War.

Meet the Author

Michael Whitby is Senior Naval Historian at the Canadian National Defence Headquarters.

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