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The Soldiers’ General

Bert Hoffmeister at War

By the end of the Second World War, Bert Hoffmeister had risen from Captain to Major-General and won more awards than any Canadian officer in the war. This native Vancouverite earned a reputation as a fearless commander on the battlefield – one who led from the front, one well loved by those he led. With an astute analytical eye, Delaney carefully dissects Hoffmeister’s numerous battles to reveal how he managed and how he led, how he directed and how he inspired.

Table of Contents


1 Looking at Command

2 A Young Man before the War

3 The Years of Company Command and Personal Turmoil

4 Battalion Command: Training For War

5 Battalion Command: The Battlefield Test

6 Brigade Command

7 Division Command and the Liri Valley

8 The Lessons From Liri

9 Gothic Line to the End in Italy

10 Northwest Europe and After

11 Hoffmeister and Command




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