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Lament for an Army: The Decline of Canadian Military Professionalism
Lament for an Army: The Decline of Canadian Military Professionalism
By John A. English
Irwin Publishing, 1998, 110 pp
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This slender volume by a soldier-scholar merits a far wider audience than only students of Canada's military history. English is a trained historian, a former soldier and military educator, and author of several important books -- including a history of infantry organization and tactics that is a minor classic in the field. The study starts with the appalling crimes committed by Canadian paratroopers in Somalia in 1993, discusses the subsequent unsavory cover-up at the highest levels, and concludes that the Canadian army is losing its soul. Although his account will outrage some, it is a significant book for anyone who cares about the integrity and competence of military organizations in democratic societies.