For all but a few specialists, Canada's military history has been a largely unexplored terrain. Most Canadians have heard of the victory at Vimy Ridge in 1917, they may know about the Royal Canadian Air Force's role in Woarld War II, and they will recollect that Canada has troops scatteredaround the world on United Nations peacekeeping operations. But until now there was no single volume where a reader could find the essential information on all of Canada's battles and campaigns from the French-Iroquois wars of the 17th century to the UN peacekeeping operation in Croatia andYugoslavia. Who fought and why? What were the main weapons involved?This book, written by two of Canada's leading historians, provides the answers in succinct, clear form. Here are sketches of the military leaders, the Chiefs of Naval, Air, and General Staff; here are all of the key politicians who have been involved in Canadian military matters, the primeministers, defence ministers, and veterans affairs ministers; here are the winners of the Victoria Cross (and an explanation of that great mark of courage and the other decorations Canadians have won); and here are the forts, bases, regiments, aircraft, and ships that have made their mark on Canadaand Canadians. With over 1,500 entries, the Dictionary of Canadian Military History is the essential, thorough, and easy-to-use guide to Canada's military past and present.
David Bercuson is a Professor of History at the University of Calgary. Jack Granatstein is a Professor of History at York University and the author of many well-known history books such as March to Armageddon: Canadians and the Great War, A Nation Forged in Fire: Canadians and the Second WorldWar, and Pirouette: Pierre Trudeau and Canadian Foreign Policy. In 1990-91 he was a finalist for the Lionel Gelber Prize, the Trillium Book Award and the Arthur Ellis Award.
"This is an important book, in some respects an encyclopedia as well as a dictionary." - Montreal Gazette
"This book is thorough, accessible, and an interesting read." - Quill and Quire
"A thorough and succinct guide to the people, organizations and events of our military heritage of the last 200 years." - Legion
"Wraps up in one brief book most of Canada's military history, a feat accomplished by no one else. A good buy at twice the price." - Toronto Star
"For the military history buff, the dictionary provides a fast and easy-to-use reference." - Halifax Chronicle-Herald/Mail-Star