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CdnMilitary.ca Recommended Readings
Updated April 2006

The following are readings in Canadian military history and military studies that have been recommended by members of our discussion board community. In some cases, comments have been provided by the reviewer and are included under the entry in italics.


United States Army in World War II Special Studies: Military Relations Between The United States and Canada 1939-1945

Recommended by Murray Graham

Author: Colonel Stanley W. Dziuban
Publisher: Washington, D.C. Government Printing Office 1970 (1959)

An essential work for anyone seriously interested in understanding US/Canadian military relations; written from source documents (a huge plus in these days of derivative history).

 

Military History of Canada: From Champlain to Kosovo (4th Edition)

Recommended by Scott Noseworthy

Author: Desmond Morton
Publisher: McClelland & Stewert – first published 1985, 4th edition 1999.

This book was the first book I had in my library that really gave a good overview of Canadian military history, instead of focusing solely on the army, navy, or air force in particular. Very enjoyable and informative book to read - I'd recommend it to be a textbook if Newfoundland's high school's ever got a military history course. If you're new to studying Canada's military history, I strongly advise you begin your studies with this book.

 

Field of Glory: The Battle of Crysler's Farm, 1813; Where Right and Glory Lead!: The Battle of Lundy's Lane, 1814; Red Coats & Grey Jackets: The Battle of Chippawa, 5 July 1814;Merry Hearts Make Light Days: The War of 1812 Journal of Lt. John Le Couteur, 104th Foot;

A series of books recommend by Ian Gibson

Author: Donald E. Graves
Publisher: Robin Brass Studio

Donald Graves is probably the foremost expert on the war of 1812. His books are easy to read and very informative. Also, he footnotes extensively (something that Pierre Berton doesn't do enough of IMO).

 

A Wampum Denied: Proctor's War of 1812

Recommended by Ian Gibson

Author: Sandy Antal
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press (1997)

Talks in depth about General Proctor and his command during the war. Delves into what lead to the disaster at Moraviantown and some of Proctor's other actions. Well written - thoroughly enjoyable...

 

Code Word Canloan

Recommended by Murray Graham

Author: Wilfred I Smith
Publisher: Dundurn Press, 1992

Interesting and informational, somewhat plodding. Tells the story of the 673 officers that volunteered to serve with the British Army. Only book I've seen on the subject.

 

Hero – The Buzz Beurling Story

Recommended by Murray Graham

Author: Brian Nolan
Publisher:

A good, short, reasonably objective look at George Beurling, Canada’s highest scoring fighter pilot (ninth best overall for the Allies).

 

1759: The Battle for Canada

Recommended by Murray Graham

Author: Laurier L Lapierre
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart, 1990

An interesting view of the climatic struggle for control of North America. Lapierre uses some unconventional techniques in telling the story of the events (such as imagined conversations with historical personages), and a somewhat unique viewpoint in that he is squarely on the side of the habitants, rather than either of the contesting empires.

An interesting look as well at the personalities of the principals, including, but not limited to, Wolfe and Montcalm, warts and all.

Further, the descriptions of events of the 3 months leading up to the 30 minute battle are illuminating in the scale and effect of the war as it affected the population.

All in all a good, informative read.

 

The Incredible War of 1812

Recommended by Murray Graham

Author: J. Mackay Hitsman
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, 1965

Detailed look at the subject, source of much of Pierre Berton’s treatment of the subject, in my opinion. Well worth a read.

 

The Road Past Vimy: The Canadian Corps 1914-1918

Recommended by Murray Graham

Author: D. J. Goodspeed
Publisher: Macmillan, 1969

Lovely short course/overview on WW1 and Canada’s part in it. Definitely a great place to start learning, before you more onto more detailed books.

 

Wolfe and Montcalm: Their lives, their times, and the fate of a continent

Recommended by Scott Noseworthy

Author: Joy Carroll
Publisher:

An excellent look at Wolfe and Montcalm, the opposing English and French generals at the most important military battle in the formation of Canada as we know it today: the Plains of Abraham at Quebec City.

 

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