Canadians Under Fire: Infantry Effectiveness in the Second World War

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, May 14, 2014 - History - 256 pages
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In Canadians Under Fire Robert Engen explores the dynamics of what combat looked like to Canada's infantrymen during the Second World War. Analyzing unexamined battle experience questionnaires from over 150 Canadian infantry officers, Engen argues for a reassessment of the tactical behaviour of Canadian soldiers in the Second World War. The evidence also shows that Marshall's theory of non-participation in combat by Allied forces is demonstrably false: Canadian soldiers took a continued and aggressive part in the fighting.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
History Against Fire
11
The Battle Experience Questionnaires
28
The Officer Respondents
49
The CombinedArms Team
72
Canadian Infantry Effectiveness
103
Conclusion
144
Sample Questionnaires
150
Selected Questionnaire Statistics
166
List of Officer Respondents
186
Notes
195
Bibliography
229
Index
241
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Robert Engen is a doctoral candidate in military history at Queen's University, Kingston, and has worked as a researcher for the Canadian Forces Directorate of Land Concepts and Designs.

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