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Corps Commanders. Five British and Canadian Generals at War, 1939-45

Douglas E. Delaney
Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2011 408 pages, $34.95 (PB)
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This is a brilliant book. Dr. Doug Delaney, an experienced former infantry officer and current associate professor of history at the Royal Military College of Canada, has written an incredibly valuable book that delivers on several levels. First, it provides five great case studies of corps commanders in the Second World War; second, it makes a great argument for the utility and value of British staff college training of the period and its impact on interoperability within the Commonwealth; and third, its speaks to leadership and command.

Corps Commanders, as the title aptly states, is about five very different corps commanders during the Second World War. Two are British, Lieutenant-General Sir Brian Horrocks and General Sir John Crocker. The other three are Canadians, namely Lieutenant-Generals E.L.M. Burns and Guy Granville Simonds, as well as General Charles Foulkes. All were quite different. As Dr Delaney describes them, one was “… a consummate actor, one a quiet gentleman, one a master bureaucrat, one a brainy sort with little will and the last a brain with will to spare.” Delaney expertly tells their individual stories by delving into their personalities, how they were formed as commanders, how they interrelated with others, and how they fought.

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