In Peace Prepared: Innovation and Adaptation in Canada's Cold War Army by Andrew B. GodefroyIn Peace Prepared: Innovation and Adaptation in Canada's Cold War Army by Andrew B. Godefroy

In Peace Prepared: Innovation and Adaptation in Canada's Cold War Army

byAndrew B. Godefroy

Paperback | April 1, 2015

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Although the Allies claimed victory at the end of the Second World War, the United States’ invention of the atomic bomb and its replication by the Soviet Union posed new dangers for all nations. In Peace Prepared examines what Canada’s Cold War Army did to prepare for war against the Warsaw Pact armies – and why and how it did it.

Drawing on previously classified documents from both sides of the conflict, Andrew Godefroy reveals that although the Third World War never happened, peacetime operations played a significant role in the evolution of Canada’s army. Officers, soldiers, and a large civilian defence workforce of scientists, engineers, and designers acknowledged that the odds were stacked against them, but they nevertheless responded aggressively and innovatively to the challenges presented by the possibility of nuclear war.

This important work shows that through innovation and adaptation the Canadian Army developed a systematic approach to problem solving. In the process, it reshaped not only how the army would respond to future threats but also how armies in the Western Alliance related to one another during the Cold War and beyond.

Andrew B. Godefroy is a strategic analyst and historian with the Canadian Army, editor-in-chief of the Canadian Army Journal, and the author of Defence and Discovery: Canada’s Military Space Program, 1945-74 (UBC Press, 2011).
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Title:In Peace Prepared: Innovation and Adaptation in Canada's Cold War ArmyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 8.92 × 6.01 × 0.73 inPublished:April 1, 2015Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774827033

ISBN - 13:9780774827034

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1 Soldiers as Innovators: The Evolution of Army Combat Development

2 Shadow over Victory: From Occupation to Cold War Army, 1945-50

3 Going East and West: Combat Development in the Hot and Cold Wars, 1950-54

4 Ensuring Destruction: Designing the Tactical Nuclear Army, 1954-58

5 Atomic War Games: Combat Development through Simulation, 1958-64

6 Towards a Flexible Response: Creating a Post-Atomic Mobile Command, 1963-68

Conclusion

Appendices

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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The Allies claimed victory at the end of the Second World War, but the United States’ invention of the atomic bomb and its replication by the Soviet Union posed new dangers for all nations. This book examines what Canada’s Cold War Army did to prepare for nuclear war – and why and how it did it. Although the war never materialized, officers, scientists, engineers, and designers developed a collaborative and systematic approach to problem solving that not only transformed the organization of Canada’s army but also influenced how armies in the Western Alliance related to one another during the Cold War and beyond.This is a splendidly interesting book from which I have learned a great deal. I cannot think of its exact equivalent in any of the historical literatures that deal with the Commonwealth armies, the absence of which is our loss. It should be on the professional reading lists of staff colleges and senior headquarters throughout the Anglosphere armies, and it is essential reading for students both of Canadian defence and of the intellectual and organizational development of armed forces more generally. - Jeffrey Grey, author of A Commonwealth of Histories: The Official Histories of the Second World War in the United States, Britain and the Commonwealth