Politics of Command: Lieutenant-General A.G.L. McNaughton and the Canadian Army, 1939-1943

John Nelson Rickard

© 2010

In December 1943, Lieutenant-General A.G.L. McNaughton resigned from command of the 1st Canadian Army amidst criticism of his poor generalship and of his abrasive personality. Despite McNaughton's importance to the Canadian Army during the first four years of the Second World War, little has been written about the man himself or the circumstances of his resignation.

In The Politics of Command, the first full-length study of the subject since 1969, John Nelson Rickard analyzes McNaughton's performance during exercise SPARTAN in March 1943 and assesses his relationships with key figures such as Sir Alan F. Brooke, Bernard Paget, and Harry Crerar. This detailed re-examination of McNaughton's command argues that the long-accepted reasons for his relief of duty require extensive modification.

Based on a wide range of sources, The Politics of Command will redefine how military historians and all Canadians look not only at "Andy" McNaughton, but the Canadian Army as well.

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Based on a wide range of sources, The Politics of Command will redefine how military historians and all Canadians look not only at "Andy" McNaughton, but the Canadian Army as well.

Politics of Command: Lieutenant-General A.G.L. McNaughton and the Canadian Army, 1939-1943

John Nelson Rickard

© 2010

In December 1943, Lieutenant-General A.G.L. McNaughton resigned from command of the 1st Canadian Army amidst criticism of his poor generalship and of his abrasive personality. Despite McNaughton's importance to the Canadian Army during the first four years of the Second World War, little has been written about the man himself or the circumstances of his resignation.

In The Politics of Command, the first full-length study of the subject since 1969, John Nelson Rickard analyzes McNaughton's performance during exercise SPARTAN in March 1943 and assesses his relationships with key figures such as Sir Alan F. Brooke, Bernard Paget, and Harry Crerar. This detailed re-examination of McNaughton's command argues that the long-accepted reasons for his relief of duty require extensive modification.

Based on a wide range of sources, The Politics of Command will redefine how military historians and all Canadians look not only at "Andy" McNaughton, but the Canadian Army as well.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 416 pages
  • Illustrations: 12
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    John Nelson Rickard is a Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces and has a PhD in military history from the University of New Brunswick.

  • Table of contents

    Contents

    Acknowledgements  iv
    Maps vi
    Tables vii
    Abbreviations ix
    Forward by Marc Milner  xiv
    Preface by Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie xx
    Introduction 1
    Part I:The Making of Andy McNaughton 
    Chapter 1Early Life and the Crucible of World War I 10
    Chapter 2The Road to High Command41
    Part II:The Problem of Deploying the Army 
    Chapter 3A Willingness to Fight, 1940-194178
    Chapter 4From ROUNDUP to TORCH 120
    Chapter 5Practical Operations of War164
    Part III:McNaughton as Military Commander and Trainer 
    Chapter 6The Difficulty of Training in 1940194
    Chapter 7The Politics of Training225
    Chapter 8Enter Montgomery264
    Chapter 9Exercise SPARTAN296
    Chapter 10The Long Shadow of Spartan331
    Part IV:The End of an Idea 
    Chapter 11The Sicily Incident371
    Chapter 12Broken Dagger: A Corps in Italy 411
    Chapter 13The Final Months of McNaughton's Command461
    Epilogue 484
    Conclusion 488
    Appendices 512
    Bibliography 532

     

     

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