Canadians Under Fire: Infantry Effectiveness in the Second World War

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Sep 23, 2009 - History - 245 pages
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Infantrymen have been the sledgehammer of land warfare throughout the twentieth century, but precisely how they fought at the tactical level has been difficult to determine. American historian S.L.A. Marshall, for instance, famously claimed that most Allied soldiers would not fight at all, even when their lives were at stake.
 

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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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