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History World War Ii

Building the Army’s Backbone

Canadian Non-Commissioned Officers in the Second World War

by (author) Andrew L. Brown

Publisher
UBC Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2021
Category
World War II, NON-CLASSIFIABLE, Canada, NON-CLASSIFIABLE, Post-Confederation (1867-)
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780774866965
    Publish Date
    Dec 2021
    List Price
    $89.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780774866996
    Publish Date
    Dec 2021
    List Price
    $99.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780774866972
    Publish Date
    Aug 2022
    List Price
    $34.95

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In September 1939, Canada’s tiny army began its remarkable expansion into a wartime force of almost half a million soldiers. Building the Army’s Backbone tells the story of how senior leadership created a corps of non-commissioned officers (NCOs) that helped the burgeoning force train, fight, and win. This innovative book uncovers the army’s two-track NCO production system: locally organized training programs were run by units and formations, while centralized training and talent-distribution programs were overseen by the army. Ultimately, this two-pronged system produced a corps of NCOs that collectively possessed the necessary skills in leadership, tactics, and instruction to help the army succeed in battle.

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Contributor Notes

Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew L. Brown is an assistant professor of history at the Royal Military College of Canada. With over three decades of service in the army, he has served in a variety of positions at home and on operations abroad. His research focuses on army manpower issues in the first half of the twentieth century, especially in the Second World War.