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Corps Commanders

Five British and Canadian Generals at War, 1939-45

by (author) Douglas E. Delaney

Publisher
UBC Press, Canadian War Museum
Initial publish date
Apr 2011
Category
World War II, Great Britain, General, Post-Confederation (1867-), Canada, NON-CLASSIFIABLE
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780774820899
    Publish Date
    Apr 2011
    List Price
    $95.00
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780774820905
    Publish Date
    Jan 2012
    List Price
    $34.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780774820912
    Publish Date
    May 2011
    List Price
    $99.00

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Description

Corps Commanders examines how five strikingly dissimilar British and Canadian generals fought battles and fit into the British Empire armies of the Second World War. The three Canadians controlled British formations and served under British army commanders, and the two Britons worked for and led Canadians as well. Such inter-army adjustments were fairly simple because all Anglo-Canadian commanders and staffs spoke the military language of the Camberley and Quetta staff colleges. Gunners from Montreal understood guardsmen from London – no small advantage when coordinating coalition battles involving thousands of troops. Delaney’s book offers invaluable insight into interoperability and how men animate armies in war.

About the author

Awards

  • Commended, C.P. Stacey Award for scholarly work in Canadian Military History

Contributor Notes

Douglas E. Delaney is an associate professor of history and chair of war studies at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Editorial Reviews

The great strength of Delaney's work is that it is not broad brush, but rather delves into the intricacies of this highest level of tactical command. This is military history at its best – and in stressing that all five commanders passed through the imperial staff colleges of Camberley or Quetta in India, Delaney also reminds readers that Canadians fought the war as British subjects who never expected their empire to fall.

Journal of Military History

The great strength of Delaney's work is that it is not broad brush, but rather delves into the intricacies of this highest level of tactical command. This is military history at its best – and in stressing that all five commanders passed through the imperial staff colleges of Camberley or Quetta in India, Delaney also reminds readers that Canadians fought the war as British subjects who never expected their empire to fall.

Journal of Military History

This is a brilliant book. Dr. Doug Delaney…has written an incredibly valuable book that delivers on several levels.

Canadian Miltiary History Journal, Vol 12, No 1

Delaney has done an incredible amount of research, mining eleven major archives in three countries along with a number of private collections. This addition to the University of British Columbia Press and Canadian War Museum’s 'Studies in Canadian Military History' series is an exemplification of strong scholarly work that is breaking new ground in the field of military history. http://www.canadianmilitaryhistory.ca/review-of-douglas-e-delaneys-corps-commanders%E2%80%AF-five-british-and-canadian-generals-at-war-1939-45-by-william-pratt/

Canadian Military History Journal

Meticulously researched ... Corps Commanders is an important addition to the body of knowledge on the Second World War and the study of command. The many lessons on leadership and command that emerge are timeless and are as relevant today as they were then ... this is an outstanding book that should be read by all aspiring leaders and commanders, and as early in their careers as possible. It is also strongly recommended for all military members of any rank, as well as for historians and anyone who is interested in the profession of arms.

Delaney's book offers a relevant prompting of the importance of rigorous study of intelligence, thorough pre-operational training and comprehensive equipment and logistic support for any new campaign or operational initiative.

The Times of London

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