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Crerar’s Lieutenants

Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939-45

by (author) Geoffrey Hayes

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2018
World War II, Post-Confederation (1867-)
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    Sep 2017
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    Mar 2018
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In 1943, General Harry Crerar noted that there was still much confusion as to “what constitutes an ‘Officer.’” His words reflected the preoccupation of army officials with inventing an ideal officer who would not only meet the demands of war but also conform to notions of social class and masculinity. Drawing on a wide range of sources and exploring the issue of leadership through new lenses, this book looks at how the army selected and trained its junior officers to embody the new ideal. It also sheds light on the challenges these officers faced during the war – not only on the battlefield but from Canadians’ often conflicted views about social class and gender.

About the author

A graduate of WLU and Western, Geoffrey Hayes is a former student and long-time friend of Terry Copp. He teaches Canadian political and military history at the University of Waterloo. He is the co-editor of [ Vimy Ridge: A Canadian Reassessment (WLU Press, 2007) and [ Afghanistan: Transition under Threat (WLU Press, 2008).

Mike Bechthold is the managing editor of Canadian Military History and the communications director of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies. He teaches military history at Wilfrid Laurier University and has published numerous articles on Canada and the Second World War.

Matt Symes is a PhD candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University. He works as the publications manager for the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies and as the online editor for With Eric McGeer, Matt has published three Battlefield Guides on the Italian Campaign in the Second World War.

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

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