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The Canadians in Normandy: Another Go-Round
Despite years of debate, the view persists that “something appeared to be wrong” with First Canadian Army through the summer of 1944. This talk traces the Canadian path through Normandy to re-consider an ‘old’ narrative. It argues that, in the face of heavy casualties and enduring British criticism of the Canadians, the soldiers of First Canadian Army understood that they had earned a remarkable victory in Normandy. Finally, after over four years of war, the Canadians believed that they had won a Canadian victory, one that matched, even surpassed their fathers’ achievements a generation before.

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Sep 8, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Geoffrey Hayes
Professor @University of Waterloo
Educated at Wilfrid Laurier University and Western University, Geoff Hayes is a professor of history at the University of Waterloo. He was a student of Terry Copp when he wrote "The Lincs: A History of the Lincoln and Welland Regiment at War" (1986). Most recently his book, "Crerar’s Lieutenants: Inventing the Canadian Junior Army Officer, 1939–1945" (UBC, 2017) won the 2018 C.P. Stacey Award. Geoff has learned a great deal from the many student tours he has joined on the battlefields of Northwest Europe, organized through the Canadian Battlefields Foundation.