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Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

In Peace Prepared

Innovation and Adaptation in Canada’s Cold War Army

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

In Peace Prepared

Innovation and Adaptation in Canada’s Cold War Army

The Allies claimed victory at the end of the Second World War, but the United States’ invention of the atomic bomb and its replication by the Soviet Union posed new dangers for all nations. This book examines what Canada’s Cold War Army did to prepare for nuclear war – and why and how it did it. Although the war never materialized, officers, scientists, engineers, and designers developed a collaborative and systematic approach to problem solving that not only transformed the organization of Canada’s army but also influenced how armies in the Western Alliance related to one another during the Cold War and beyond.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1 Soldiers as Innovators: The Evolution of Army Combat Development

2 Shadow over Victory: From Occupation to Cold War Army, 1945-50

3 Going East and West: Combat Development in the Hot and Cold Wars, 1950-54

4 Ensuring Destruction: Designing the Tactical Nuclear Army, 1954-58

5 Atomic War Games: Combat Development through Simulation, 1958-64

6 Towards a Flexible Response: Creating a Post-Atomic Mobile Command, 1963-68

Conclusion

Appendices

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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