Canadians Under Fire: Infantry Effectiveness in the Second World War

Canadians Under Fire: Infantry Effectiveness in the Second World War

by Robert Engen


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Infantrymen have been the sledgehammer of land warfare throughout the twentieth century, but precisely how they fought at the tactical level has been difficult to determine. American historian S.L.A. Marshall, for instance, famously claimed that most Allied soldiers would not fight at all, even when their lives were at stake.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780773536265
Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date: 09/23/2009
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robert Engen is a doctoral candidate in military history at Queen's University, Kingston, and has worked as a researcher for the Canadian Forces Directorate of Land Concepts and Designs.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 3

1 History Against Fire 11

2 The Battle Experience Questionnaires 28

3 The Officer Respondents 49

4 The Combined-Arms Team 72

5 Canadian Infantry Effectiveness 103

Conclusion 144

Appendix A Sample Questionnaires 150

Appendix B Selected Questionnaires Statistics 166

Appendix C List of Officer Respondents 186

Notes 195

Bibliography 229

Index 241

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