Dimensions:9in x 6 x 0.8 in | 440 gr
Page Count:300 pages
Illustrations:22 tables, 12 b&w photos, 2 charts
Building the Army’s Backbone reveals how the creation of Canada’s Second World War corps of non-commissioned officers helped the force train, fight, and win.
In September 1939, Canada’s tiny army began its remarkable expansion into a wartime force of almost half a million soldiers. Building the Army’s Backbone tells the story of how senior leadership created a corps of non-commissioned officers (NCOs) that helped the burgeoning force train, fight, and win. This innovative book uncovers the army’s two-track NCO production system: locally organized training programs were run by units and formations, while centralized training and talent-distribution programs were overseen by the army. Ultimately, this two-pronged system produced a corps of NCOs that collectively possessed the necessary skills in leadership, tactics, and instruction to help the army succeed in battle.
Lieutenant-Colonel Andrew L. Brown is an assistant professor of history at the Royal Military College of Canada. With over three decades of service in the army, he has served in a variety of positions at home and on operations abroad. His research focuses on army manpower issues in the first half of the twentieth century, especially in the Second World War.
Integrating a wide body of rich archival research with the voice of the soldier, Building the Army’s Backbone provides unprecedented insights into the army’s wartime training. This is a considerable achievement.- Geoffrey Hayes, professor, Department of History, University of Waterloo
This is a critical new book on the history of raising and training effective Canadian forces.- Lee Windsor, associate professor, Department of History, University of New Brunswick