Betrayed: Scandal, Politics, and Canadian Naval Leadership by Richard O. MayneBetrayed: Scandal, Politics, and Canadian Naval Leadership by Richard O. Mayne

Betrayed: Scandal, Politics, and Canadian Naval Leadership

byRichard O. Mayne

Paperback | July 1, 2007

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In January 1944, Vice Admiral Percy Walker Nelles was fired from hisposition as head of the Royal Canadian Navy. Betrayed reveals the truestory behind the dismissal: a divisive power struggle between two elitegroups within the RCN pitted the navy’s regular officers againsta small group of self-appointed spokesmen for the voluntary navalreserve. Threats of public scandal, mass insurrection, and politicalintimidation caused one of the worst breakdowns in Canadiancivil-military relations, revealing complex aspects of militaryprofessionalism and leadership.

This fascinating investigation into the machinations of a dividednavy tackles important questions of military professionalism,leadership, and identity. Betrayed will appeal to readersinterested in military history and security studies, political science,and sociology.

Richard O. Mayne is a historian with the Department of National Defence’s Directorate of History and Heritage in Ottawa.
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Title:Betrayed: Scandal, Politics, and Canadian Naval LeadershipFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.72 inPublished:July 1, 2007Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774812966

ISBN - 13:9780774812962

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Game and Its Players

1 Confused Seas

2 Equal Privileges for Greater Sacrifices

3 The Strange Interpretation

4 Trying to Keep Afloat

5 Informers, Collaborators, and Promise Breakers

6 A Loaded Investigation

7 Covering Up the Conspiracy

Afterword: Game’s End and the Final Score 

Appendices

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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In January 1944, Vice Admiral Percy Walker Nelles was fired from hisposition as head of the Royal Canadian Navy. Betrayed revealsthe true story behind the dismissal: a divisive power struggle betweentwo elite groups within the RCN pitted the navy’s regularofficers against a small group of self-appointed spokesmen for thevoluntary naval reserve. Threats of public scandal, mass insurrection,and political intimidation caused one of the worst breakdowns ever inCanadian civil-military relations. This fascinating investigation intothe machinations of a divided navy tackles important questions ofmilitary professionalism, leadership, and identity.