31 October 2006
29 October 2006
I never had a chance to talk about my recent trip to Nevada to give a paper at the 40th annual conference of the North American Vexillological Association. Held in Reno from 13 to 15 October, the conference was a very interesting mixture of lectures, discussion panels, and visits to local historic sites attended by a variety of historians, flagmakers, flag designers, professional vexillologists (those who study and advise on the history, design, and theory of flags), and collectors. The paper I presented was titled "'To make the unmistakable signal "CANADA"': The Canadian Army's 'Battle Flag' during the Second World War". This paper dealt with the story of the flag designed by Colonel AF Duguid (Director of the Army Historical Section during the 1930s and Second World War) for use by the commander of the 1st Canadian Division in 1939. The interest in the story arises from the desire of many - including Colonel Duguid - to see this design adopted as the Canadian national flag. I was honoured that my presentation was awarded the Captain William Driver Award by the NAVA board of directors as the best presentation made at the conference. Next year's conference will be held in October in Hartford, Connecticut.
27 October 2006
25 October 2006
Le thème cette année sera : "Les histoires régimentaires : Quels apports à l'histoire militaire?".
Pour plus de renseignements, veuillez consulter le lien suivant: http://www.unites.uqam.ca/chf
24 October 2006
In a previous entry I mentioned a couple of new publications from the University of British Columbia Press. More details have been announced on these books. P. Whitney Lackenbauer's Battle Grounds: The Canadian Military and Aboriginal Lands is now available. UBC Press's website states: "In recent years, closures of Canadian Forces facilities, the military's continued use of airspace for weapons testing and low-level flying, increased environmental awareness, and Aboriginal land claims have contributed to a growing interest in the acquisition, use, and development of Aboriginal lands for military training. A study of these spaces and places, and the relationships and activities that shaped them, Battle Grounds analyzes a century of relationships between government officials and Aboriginal communities." Likewise, Richard Mayne's Scandal, Politics, and Canadian Naval Leadership can now be ordered. The same website notes: "In January 1944, Canada's top admiral, Percy Walker Nelles, was fired from his post as head of the Royal Canadian Navy. Traditional accounts maintain that Nelles's termination was the result of severe operational deficiencies within the navy. This intriguing history reveals the true story behind Vice Admiral Nelles's dismissal: a divisive power struggle between two elite groups within the RCN - the navy's regular officers, and a small group of self-appointed spokesmen of the voluntary naval reserve."
20 October 2006
19 October 2006
A video documentary version of the book is currently in production, filiming having been completed. Angus expects to see an edited draft of the video by the end of October. Hell Creek Entertainment, the film company, is expected to have it shown on cable television networks and, eventually, to have it available for sale to the public.
Angus also notes that the Canadian Broadcasting Corps in releasing its 17-hour long 1964 radio series, "Flanders' Fields" in an audio DVD format. This is now available online and at CBC boutiques in Toronto and Ottawa.
10 October 2006
La rentrée de cet automne est plutôt abondante : En plus du livre de Jonathan Vance, il y aura : « Une façon de faire la guerre : La prise de Cambrai, octobre 1918 » de Bill Rawling, « Volontaires : Des Québécois en guerre, 1939-1945 » de Yves Tremblay, l’exceptionnel « Journal de guerre, 1915-1918 » du lieutenant-colonel Thomas-Louis Tremblay, commandant du 22e Bataillon d’infanterie CEC, ainsi que « Briser les ailes de l’ange : Des infirmières militaires canadiennes, 1914-1918 » de Mélanie Morin. En plus de ces titres, Athéna éditions vient de sortir son très attendu « Guide du Maintien de la paix » cuvée 2007.
Pour en savoir plus, consultez le site internet au : www.athenaeditions.net
Il me fera plaisir de vous tenir à jour sur les parutions (en français) en histoire militaire.
Athéna éditions, a French Canadian publishing house located in Outremont (Montreal) has recently published six interesting titles. Since its creation in 2001, Athéna has published over 15 titles in Canadian military history, most of them from academic works. Athéna now has a solid reputation in the province of Quebec and in Europe where its books have received very good reviews. Last year, Athéna éditions started to translate and publish in French important titles in Canadian military history: Desmond Morton’s When Your Number’s Up became “Billet pour le front” and Bill Rawling’s Surviving Trench Warfare “Survivre au tranchées”. Both were very well received in Quebec and in France. Athéna will soon release Jonathan Vance’s “Mourir en héros : Mémoire et mythe de la Première Guerre mondiale” better known in English as Death So Noble. No doubt this book will be successful in France and Belgium. Athéna would like to translate in French and publish two to three English Canadian titles a year.
Other than Jonathan Vance’s book, Athéna éditions has just published five interesting titles: another book from the prolific Bill Rawling « Une façon de faire la guerre : La prise de Cambrai, octobre 1918 », DHH’s Yves Tremblay’s « Volontaires : Des Québécois en guerre, 1939-1945 », the famous « Journal de guerre, 1915-1918 » of lieutenant-colonel Thomas-Louis Tremblay, commanding officer of the 22nd Infantry Battalion (Vandoos) and Mélanie Morin’s « Briser les ailes de l’ange : Des infirmières militaires canadiennes, 1914-1918 ». Athéna has also recently published its famous « Guide du Maintien de la paix » (The Peacekeeping Guide) version 2007.
For more information, please visit the website at : www.athenaeditions.net
04 October 2006
My apologies for the delay in posting any new content. I was away with my family on a short vacation.
Just to emphasize the content of my last message, Major Andrew Godefroy and the other good folks in Kingston have issued the Summer 2006 issue (volume 9, number 2) of The Canadian Army Journal / Le Journal de l'Armée du Canada. As usual, this journal contains several items on Canadian military history including: "The Battle of the Somme - 90th Anniversary The 1st Newfoundland Regiment at Beaumont Hamel, 1st July 1916" / "La Bataille de la Somme - 90e Anniversaire le 1er Newfoundland Regiment à Beaumont-Hamel, 1er juillet 1916", by Robert L. Boyer; "The Forgotten: Lieutenant General E.L.M. "Tommy" Burns and UN Peacekeeping in the Middle East" / "L'Oublié : Le Lieutenant-Général E.L.M. "Tommy" Burns et le Maintien de la Paix par les Nations Unies au Moyen-Orient", by Sean M. Maloney; and, "Four Names on the Vimy Memorial: The 38th Battalion's Trench Raid of 22 February 1917" / "Quatre noms inscrits sur le Mémorial de Vimy : le Raid de tranchée le 22 février 1917 par le 38e Bataillon", by yours truly.