Zombie Army

The Canadian Army and Conscription in the Second World War

Daniel Byers

Zombie Army

Daniel Byers

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

344 pages
Paper $37.95 ISBN: 9780774830522 Published January 2017 For sale in USA only
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780774830515 Published May 2016 For sale in USA only

Zombie Army tells the story of Canada’s Second World War military conscripts – reluctant soldiers pejoratively referred to as “zombies” for their perceived similarity to the mindless movie monsters of the 1930s. In the first full-length book on the subject in almost forty years, Byers combines underused and newly discovered records to argue that although conscripts were only liable for home defence, they soon became a steady source of recruits from which the army found volunteers to serve overseas. He also challenges the traditional nationalist-dominated impression that Quebec participated only grudgingly in the war.

Contents

Introduction

Part 1: The Historical Legacy

1 Conscription and Canadian History, 1627–1939

Part 2: The National Resources Mobilization Act and the Rise of the Big Army

2 Mobilizing Canada: The Creation of the Thirty-Day Training System, 1939–40

3 Enshrining the NRMA: Compulsory Military Service, 1940–41

4 Creating the “Big Army”: Conscription and Army Expansion, 1941–43

Part 3: Canadian Conscripts and Their Experiences During the War

5 Canada’s Zombies, Part 1: A Statistical Portrait

6 Canada’s Zombies, Part 2: Life in Uniform

Part 4: The Fall of the Big Army

7 “No stone … unturned”: The Failure of Conscription and the Big Army, 1943–44

8 Revolt or Realization? The NRMA and the Conscription Crisis of 1944

Part 5: The Aftermath

Epilogue: Conscription and Canadians in the Second World War

Appendix I: The National Resources Mobilization Act, 1940

Archival Sources Consulted; Notes; Index

Endnotes

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