International Historian, Scholar and Educator.

Canadian and International Military History

The military history of Canada, and that of our allies, is a topic enjoyed by academics and non-academics alike. Although Canadians have been inaccurately labeled an “unmilitary people”, in reality, we have a proud, lengthy, unique and diverse history of the profession of arms.  As such, I maintain an active research interest in this field, and I am currently engaged in a number of projects.

One such project is an investigation of Canada’s reaction and role during the 1982 Falklands War between the United Kingdom and Argentina.  In the Clausewitzian paradigm, war is certainly “politics by other means.”

I am also in the process of editing the diary of Sgt. Crofford George Campbell, one of 41 Canadians to serve in the elite, 450-man, multi-national Dunsterforce of 1918. Commanding Officer, Major-General Lionel Dunsterville’s first task was to organize a coherent body of resistance out of the miscellaneous, and often mutually hostile, groups of anti-Bolshevik Russians and anti-Turkish Georgians, Armenians and Assyrians. Once established, the primary mission of his force was to guard the Trans-Caucasian Railway line from the Russian cities of Baku to Tiflis, in addition to protecting the oil fields at Baku from the Turks.  It was also hoped that Dunsterville could aid in the establishment and maintenance of an independent group of nations—Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.  Another reason for occupying Baku was to prevent the enemy route to India.

In addition, I continue to gather information for a book on the evolution of combined arms operations of the Canadian Corps, and of Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie, during the First World War, with specific attention given to the battles of Vimy, Amiens and Canal du Nord.

Anyone interested in this subject is welcome to contact me here.

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