The Soldiers' General: Bert Hoffmeister at War

The Soldiers' General: Bert Hoffmeister at War

by Douglas E. Delaney

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Overview

Self-doubt so plagued him that he suffered a nervous breakdown even before fighting his first combat action. But, by the end of the Second World War, Bert Hoffmeister had exorcised his anxieties, risen from Captain to Major-General, and won more awards than any Canadian officer in the war. Fighting from the invasion of Sicily in July 1943 to the final victory in Europe in May 1945, this native Vancouverite earned a reputation as a fearless commander on the battlefield – one who led from the front, one well loved by those he led. How did he do it?

The Soldiers’ General explains, in eloquent and accessible prose, how Hoffmeister conducted his business as a military commander. With an astute analytical eye, Delaney carefully dissects Hoffmeister’s numerous battles to reveal how he managed and how he led, how he directed and how he inspired. An exemplary leader, Hoffmeister stood out among his contemporaries, not so much for his technical ability to move the chess pieces well; there were plenty who could do that. Rather, Bert Hoffmeister was exceptional for his ability to get the chess pieces to move themselves.

The most comprehensive and easy-to-understand study of any Canadian military commander to date, The Soldiers’ General will appeal as much to the student of military history as it will to anyone in search of a good story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774811484
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Publication date: 04/28/2005
Series: Studies in Canadian Military History , #7
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 3.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Douglas E. Delaney is Assistant Professor of History at the Royal Military College of Canada, and Infantry Officer (Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
List of Maps and Illustrations
List of Abbreviations

1. Introduction
2. A Young Man Before the War
3. The Years of Company Command and Personal Turmoil
4. Battalion Command — Training For War
5. Battalion Command — The Battlefield Test
6. Brigade Command
7. Division Command and the Liri Valley
8. The Lessons From Liri
9. GOTHIC Line to the End in Italy
10. Northwest Europe and After
11. Epilogue and Conclusions
Bibliography

What People are Saying About This

Terry Copp

This biography is outstanding, and will set the standard for future studies. It should be read by all those interested in Canadian military history, but will have an especially strong appeal to serving and recently retired members of the Canadian Forces, because of the discussion of leadership and command issues.

From the Publisher

"I’ve been asked to host a TV documentary on outstanding, unconventional leader—generals from around the world. My choice for Canada? Bert Hoffmeister! Read The Soldiers’ General and you will understand why."—Lewis MacKenzie, OOnt, MSC,CD, Major General (ret’d)

"Canadian military historians have been waiting for someone to do this study—-and they will be well satisfied with the results. Delaney is intuitively, intellectually, and experientially comfortable with his subject, and I would not consider my personal library complete without this book."—Stephen Harris, co—editor of Warrior Chiefs: Perspectives on Senior Canadian Military Leaders

"This biography is outstanding, and will set the standard for future studies. It should be read by all those interested in Canadian military history, but will have an especially strong appeal to serving and recently retired members of the Canadian Forces, because of the discussion of leadership and command issues."—Terry Copp, author of Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy

Stephen Harris

Canadian military historians have been waiting for someone to do this study—-and they will be well satisfied with the results. Delaney is intuitively, intellectually, and experientially comfortable with his subject, and I would not consider my personal library complete without this book.

Lewis MacKenzie

I’ve been asked to host a TV documentary on outstanding, unconventional leader—generals from around the world. My choice for Canada? Bert Hoffmeister! Read The Soldiers’ General and you will understand why.

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