21 May 2006

Upcoming work on Vimy Ridge

Geoffrey Hayes, Andrew Iarocci, and Mike Bechthold have collaborated on Vimy Ridge: A Canadian Reassessment, to be published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press this November. The volume arose out of discussions held during one of the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic, and Disarmament Studies' military colloquia, in particular the acknowledgement that, despite being a central topic to any study of Canadian military history, the battle itself has not been all that deeply covered. The table of contents for the book is as follows:

Introduction (The Editors)

Part I: The Strategic Background

Vimy Ridge and the Battle of Arras: a British Perspective - Gary Sheffield, Joint Services Command and Staff College

The End of the Beginning: the Canadian Corps in 1917 - Paul Dickson, Department of National Defence

Part II: The Battle for Vimy Ridge, 9-12 April 1917

"Rifle, Bomb and Bayonet": The Organization, Tactics and Training of the Infantry before the Battle of Arras - Mark Humphries, University of Western Ontario

"Bumstunts": Bon-homie and the British: Julian Byng and Leadership in the Canadian Corps - Pat Brennan, University of Calgary

"We are Hammering Fritz to Pieces": The Gunners at Vimy - Tim Cook, Canadian War Museum

The Sappers of Vimy: Specialized Support for the Assault of 9 April 1917 - Bill Rawling, Directorate of History and Heritage

Supplying the Set-Piece Battle: Combined Logistics at Vimy Ridge - Michael Ryan, Carleton University

The Canadian Army Medical Corps at the Battle of Vimy Ridge 9-12 April 1917 - Heather Moran, University of Western Ontario

1st Canadian Infantry Division: An Operational Mosaic - Andrew Iarocci, Wilfrid Laurier University

A "Most Spectacular Battle": 2nd Canadian Division - David Campbell, Dalhousie University

3rd Canadian Infantry Division at Vimy Ridge: Forgotten Victory - Geoffrey Hayes, University of Waterloo

Trenches Should Never be Saved: The 4th Canadian Division at Vimy Ridge - Andrew Godefroy, Canadian Forces

The German Army at Vimy Ridge - Andrew Godefroy, Canadian Forces

In the Shadow of Vimy: The Canadian Corps in April and May 1917 - Michael Bechthold, Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies

Part III: Aftermath and Memory

Battle Verse: Poetry and Nationalism after Vimy Ridge - Jonathan Vance, University of Western Ontario

"After the Agony in Stony Places": The Meaning and Significance of the Vimy Monument - Jacqueline Hucker, Parks Canada

Safeguarding Sanctity: Canada and the Vimy Memorial during the Second World War - Serge Durflinger, University of Ottawa

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