A Thoroughly Canadian General: A Biography of General H.D.G. Crerar by Paul DicksonA Thoroughly Canadian General: A Biography of General H.D.G. Crerar by Paul Dickson

A Thoroughly Canadian General: A Biography of General H.D.G. Crerar

byPaul Dickson

Hardcover | November 15, 2007

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General H.D.G. 'Harry' Crerar (1888-1965) was involved in or directly responsible for many of the defining moments of Canadian military history in the twentieth century. In the First World War, Crerar was nearly killed at the second battle of Ypres, was a gunner who helped to secure victory at Vimy Ridge, and was a senior staff officer during the pivotal battles of the last Hundred Days. During the Second World War, he occupied and often defined the Canadian army's senior staff and operational appointments, including his tenure as commander of First Canadian Army through the northwest European campaign.

Despite his pivotal role in shaping the Canadian army, however, General Crerar has been long overlooked as a subject of biography. In A Thoroughly Canadian General, Paul Douglas Dickson examines the man and his controversial place in Canadian military history, arguing that Crerar was a nationalist who saw the army as an instrument to promote Canadian identity and civic responsibility. From his days as a student at the Royal Military College in Kingston, to his role as primary architect of First Canadian Army, the career of General H.D.G. Crerar is thoroughly examined with a view to considering and reinforcing his place in the history of Canada and its armed forces.

Paul Douglas Dickson is a strategic analyst and military historian at the Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Department of National Defence.
Title:A Thoroughly Canadian General: A Biography of General H.D.G. CrerarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9.28 × 6.35 × 1.77 inPublished:November 15, 2007Language:English

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ISBN - 10:080200802x

ISBN - 13:9780802008022

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  1. HamiltonRoots
  2. Baptism of Fire
  3. The Killing Ground
  4. Learning the Game
  5. Stagnation
  6. The Politics of Preparedness
  7. Limited Liability War
  8. Chief of the General Staff
  9. Hong Kongand the Politics of Army Expansion
  10. Father of First Canadian Army
  11. Preparing 1st Canadian Corps
  12. Dieppe
  13. Replacing McNaughton
  14. Corps Command in Italy
  15. Taking Command of the Army
  16. First Canadian Army and Overlord
  17. The Normandy Campaign
  18. The Learning Curve: Totalize and Tractable
  19. Coalition Battles
  20. First Canadian Army and the Scheldt
  21. The Rhineland Offensive
  22. Veritable: Crerar’s Battle
  23. The Final Campaign
  24. Casting the Postwar Army
  25. Fading Away