Portraits of Battle: Courage, Grief, and Strength in Canada's Great War
Published by: UBC Press
Imprint: UBC Press
Published: November 2021
328 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 17 b&w photographs, 10 maps, 2 tables
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Portraits of Battle combines biography and history to offer a nuanced perspective on the complex legacy of the Great War, as told through the stories of those who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
All Canadians are taught about Vimy Ridge. But that celebrated victory was just one battle among many to shape the country’s experience of the First World War.
Portraits of Battle brings together biography, battle accounts, and historiographical analysis to examine the lives of a cross-section of Canadians who served in the war. Contributors to this thoughtful collection consider the range of Canadians touched by war – soldiers and their loved ones, deserters, nurses, Indigenous people, those injured in body or mind – raising fundamental questions about the nature of conflict and memory.
These portraits of the formerly faceless men and women honoured on war memorials fill in what is often missing from accounts of the Great War. In the process, they provide a more nuanced perspective on the complex legacy of that war in Canadian history.
Introduction / Peter Farrugia
1 The View from Above: A Canadian Pilot in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette / Graham Broad
2 “When Told to Advance, They Advanced”: War Culture and the CEF / Jonathan F. Vance
3 The Voiceless Dead: Francis Jenkins, Regina Trench, and Living and Dying on the Western Front / Kyle Falcon
4 “Going over the Ground Again”: Major Samuel Bothwell, 1st CMR, and Vimy Ridge / Peter Farrugia
5 Soldier or Ward? Hill 70 and the Lived Experience of Private Wilfred Lickers / Evan J. Habkirk
6 Talbot Papineau: The Life and Death of an Imperial Man / Geoffrey Hayes
7 Fallen Sisters: Gender, Military Service, and Death in Canada’s First World War / Sarah Glassford
8 Religion and the Great War: The Canadian Experience / Gordon L. Heath
9 Replacing Leaders: Lieutenant Roy Duplissie and the Hundred Days Campaign from the D-Q to the Marcoing Line / Lee Windsor
10 “Scars upon My Heart”: Arnold and Clarence Westcott, Brothers and Soldiers / Cynthia Comacchio
11 Desertion and Punishment in the CEF during the 100 Days / Teresa Iacobelli
Conclusion / Peter Farrugia
Select Bibliography; Index