Reluctant Warriors: Canadian Conscripts and the Great War - Studies in Canadian Military History (Hardback)Patrick Dennis (author)
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During the "Hundred Days" campaign of the First World War, over 30 percent of conscripts who served in the Canadian Corps became casualties. Yet, they were often considered slackers for not having volunteered. Reluctant Warriors is the first examination of the pivotal role played by Canadian conscripts in the final campaign of the Great War on the Western Front. Challenging long-standing myths, this Patrick Dennis examines whether conscripts made any significant difference to the success of the Canadian Corps in 1918. Reluctant Warriors provides fresh evidence that conscripts were good soldiers who made a crucial contribution to the war effort.
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Number of pages: 332
Weight: 640 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
Patrick M. Dennis's Reluctant Warriors, another compelling entry in the UBC Press/Canadian War Museum Studies in Canadian Military History series, is a topical and long overdue examination of a fascinating chapter of Canada's Great War experience ... The work has immense emotional resonance, a welcome change from the detachment so common to operational history, buttressed by the author's personal connection to the story ... Reluctant Warriors is ... a cri de coeur that demolishes old assumptions about conscripts in combat and provides an important contribution to the larger question of what Canada gained - and lost - in the First World War.-- Andrew Theobald, author of The Bitter Harvest of War: New Brunswick and the Conscription Crisis of 1917 * Conference of Defence Associations Institute *
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