Why was Canada not preparing for the Second World War when the rest of the world was ready to meet Hitler’s threats?
Despite Canada’s active participation in the First World War, which many claimed made Canada a nation, the country was almost defenceless in September 1939 when war was declared again.
Larry D. Rose, a long-time journalist and a military specialist, examines the military’s own failures, the hidden agenda of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, and the divisions within Canada leading up to Canada’s entry into the war. He suggests that the lack of preparedness was directly responsible for two of Canada’s costliest military defeats: the battle of Hong Kong and Dieppe.
About the authors
Larry D. Rose is the author of Mobilize! Why Canada Was Unprepared for the Second World War. His articles have appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and other publications. He was born in Trail, BC, and has an MA in public administration from the University of Victoria. He worked for 24 years at CTV News, including six years as producer of CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson. Larry lives in Toronto
J. L. GRANATSTEIN is the author of over 60 books, including the bestsellersWho Killed The Canadian Military? and Whose War Is It?, along withYankee Go Home?, Victory 1945 and The Generals, which won the J. W. Dafoe Prize and the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography. A distinguished research professor of history emeritus at York University, he was a member of the RMC Board of Governors and is chair of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. He lives in Toronto. Visit Granatstein atwww.whosewar.ca.
Mobilize! is vivid and wonderfully researched.
[Starred Review] The picture Rose paints in the 13 chapters of his book of a Canadian military crippled by governmental foolishness seems oddly familiar to modern eyes; underfunded armed forces and fumbled military acquisitions prove an enduring theme in Canadian history. The author's account is straightforward, well-organized, firmly presented and utterly damning.
Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review
Other titles by Larry D. Rose
Other titles by J.L. Granatstein
Canada at War
Conscription, Diplomacy, and Politics
A Nation Shaped by War
Politics of Survival
The Conservative Part of Canada, 1939-1945
Insiders Reflect on Foreign Policy, Trade, and Defence, 1968-84
Waging War and Keeping the Peace
Filling the Ranks
Manpower in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918
The Weight of Command
Voices of Canada’s Second World War Generals and Those Who Knew Them
The Greatest Victory
Canada's One Hundred Days, 1918
In the National Interest
Canadian Foreign Policy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 1909-2009