Corps Commanders: Five British and Canadian Generals at War, 1939-45 by Douglas E. DelaneyCorps Commanders: Five British and Canadian Generals at War, 1939-45 by Douglas E. Delaney

Corps Commanders: Five British and Canadian Generals at War, 1939-45

byDouglas E. Delaney

Paperback | January 1, 2012

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The five British and Canadian generals depicted in Corps Commanders were a surprisingly eclectic lot – one a consummate actor, one a quiet gentleman, one a master bureaucrat, one a brainy sort with little will, and the last a brain with will to spare. And yet they all fit readily into British Commonwealth armies and fought their corps in similar fashion. All three Canadians controlled British formations and served under British army commanders, and the two Britons worked for and led Canadians as well. Such inter-army adjustments were relatively simple because they all spoke the same “language” – a common method for solving military problems and communicating solutions. Like all senior commanders in the British Commonwealth, they learned the language of the staff colleges at Camberley and Quetta, and so did the staff officers that served them. This allowed a gunner from Montreal to understand a guardsman from London with ease – no small advantage when coordinating coalition battles involving tens of thousands of troops.

In probing how these corps commanders fought, Douglas E. Delaney has produced an invaluable study for anyone interested in coalition warfare, interoperability, or how men managed large formations in war.

Douglas E. Delaney is an associate professor of history and chair of war studies at the Royal Military College of Canada.
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Title:Corps Commanders: Five British and Canadian Generals at War, 1939-45Format:PaperbackDimensions:408 pages, 9 × 6.08 × 1.03 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:077482090X

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Table of Contents

Foreword / David French

Introduction: Who, How, and the Common Ground

1 The Actor: Lieutenant-General Sir Brian Horrocks

2 Wit in Want of Will: Lieutenant-General E.L.M. Burns

3 The Quiet Gentleman: General Sir John Crocker

4 Wit with Will to Spare: Lieutenant-General Guy Granville Simonds

5 The Master Bureaucrat: General Charles Foulkes

Observations and Conclusions

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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Corps Commanders examines how five strikingly dissimilar British and Canadian generals fought battles and fit into the British Empire armies of the Second World War. The three Canadians controlled British formations and served under British army commanders, and the two Britons worked for and led Canadians as well. Such inter-army adjustments were fairly simple because all Anglo-Canadian commanders and staffs spoke the military language of the Camberley and Quetta staff colleges. Gunners from Montreal understood guardsmen from London – no small advantage when coordinating coalition battles involving thousands of troops. Delaney’s book offers invaluable insight into interoperability and how men animate armies in war.Corps Commanders will become a highly regarded contribution to its field. It is excellent at analyzing how the corps headquarters actually functioned in the Second World War. The scholarship is impressive, with a mastery of both the relevant archival and secondary sources. Its engaging style will appeal equally to general readers interested in the Second World War, as well as to serious students of military history. Delaney’s book ought to be essential reading in every Western military educational institution. - Stephen A. Hart, War Studies Department, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst