Montreal at War tells the story of how citizens in Canada’s largest city responded to the challenges of the First World War. Drawing from newspapers, journals, government reports, and archival records, Terry Copp – one of Canada’s leading military historians – raises important questions about how the Canadian war experience has been interpreted, and the ways in which hindsight has privileged some voices over others.
Painting a picture of life in Montreal during the first years of the twentieth century, Montreal at War addresses responses to the outbreak of war in Europe and the process of raising an army for service overseas. It details the shock of intense combat and heavy casualties, studies the mobilization of volunteers, and follows the experience of battalions from Montreal to the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The crisis of conscription is described in the context of national and local developments, and great attention is paid to the experiences of both the army overseas and civilians at home.
Challenging long-held assumptions, Montreal at War aims to understand the war experience as it unfolded, approaching history from the perspective of those who lived through it.
About the authors
Terry Copp is the director of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies and a professor emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the author or co-author of fourteen books and many articles on the Canadian role in the Second World War, including travel guides to the Canadian battlefields. Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy won the 2004 Distinguished Book Award for non-US history from the American Society for Military History.
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 canadianmilitaryhistory.ca. With Eric McGeer, Matt has published three Battlefield Guides on the Italian Campaign in the Second World War.
Nick Lachance is a mature student finishing his BA in Honours History at Wilfrid Laurier University. As a research assistant at LCMSDS he manages the digitization of the 300,000 Second World War aerial reconnaissance photographs the center has in its possession. A freelance photographer and photojournalist, many of Lachance’s photos appear in this and other LCMSDS publications.
Alexander Maavara is a former graduate student at Wilfrid Laurier University and is currently a copyeditor and researcher.
Other titles by Terry Copp
Canadian Battlefields of the Second World War
Dieppe, D-Day, and the Battle of Normandy
Canada's Dream Shall Be of Them
Canadian Epitaphs of the Great War
Canadian Battlefields of the First World War
A Visitor's Guide
A Guide to the War and its Legacy
Operational Research in Northwest Europe
The Canadian Battlefields in Northern France
Dieppe and the Channel Ports
Canadian Battlefields 1915–1918
A Visitor’s Guide
The Canadian Battlefields in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany
A Visitor’s Guide
1st Canadian Radar Battery 1944–45
The Canadian Battlefields in Italy: Sicily and Southern Italy
Sicily and Southern Italy