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Military History Symposium, 2018 / Symposium d’histoire

Royal Military College of Canada

Currie Hall

Kingston, Ontario K7L 5H6


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History Department Symposium Programme, 2018 / Programme du Symposium du département d’histoire 2018

Manpower and the Armies of the British Empire in Two World Wars / Les armées de l’Empire britannique et la mobilisation d’effectifs durant les deux guerres mondiales

Fees (HST included): Regular $185; Students $125; RMC staff $125. Includes registration, lunch and coffee breaks for both days, and dinner at the Fort Frontenac Officers’ Mess on 8 Nov.

Prix (TVH comprise): Régulier 185 $; Étudiants 125 $; Personnel du CMR 125 $. Comprend l’inscription, le déjeuner et les pauses café pour les deux jours, ainsi qu’un dîner au Mess des officiers du Fort Frontenac le 8 novembre.

For further information, contact Symposium-Colloque2018@rmc-cmr.ca / Pour de plus amples renseignements, s’adresser à Symposium-Colloque2018@rmc-cmr.ca

Manpower and the Armies of the British Empire in the Two World Wars

Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ontario

8-9 November 2018

Raising armies is more than counting people, putting them into uniform, and assigning them to formations. It was, and remains, an exceedingly complex business. It demands efficient measures and processes for recruitment and selection in voluntary military systems and equally efficient measures for registration and assignment in armies built on conscription. It demands training establishments capable of transforming factory workers and farmers into riflemen, in addition to providing them with officers, staffs, and commanders to lead them. It demands balance between the needs of the armed services, industry, and agriculture. And, often overlooked, it demands medical services to mend soldiers when wounded, and programs and pensions to look after them when demobilised. How did the British Empire and Commonwealth mobilize manpower for the armed services, agriculture, and industry during the two world wars? And how did they care for veterans, both able-bodied and disabled, when the fighting was over?

“Manpower and the Armies of the British Empire in the Two World Wars” will bring together a diverse group of distinguished historians, junior scholars and graduate students to undertake a multifaceted examination of army mobilization for Britain, India, and the dominions. Confirmed speakers include: Gary Sheffield (University of Wolverhampton), Richard Grayson (Goldsmiths, University of London), Kent Fedorowich (University of the West of England), Peter Dennis (University of New South Wales), Jessica Meyer (University of Leeds), Kaushik Roy (Jadavpur University), Jonathan Fennell (King’s College London), Daniel Byers (Laurentian University), Ian McGibbon (Ministry of Culture and Heritage, New Zealand), Ian van der Waag (Stellenbosch University), and Meghan Fitzpatrick (Royal Military College of Canada).

Les armées de l’Empire britannique et la mobilisation d’effectifs durant les deux guerres mondiales

Collège militaire royal du Canada, Kingston, Ontario

Les 8 et 9 novembre 2018

Lever des armées, c’est bien plus que recenser des effectifs, les mettre en uniforme et les affecter à des formations. C’est, depuis toujours, une activité extrêmement complexe. Cela exige des mesures et des processus efficaces de recrutement et de sélection dans les systèmes militaires à enrôlement volontaire, et des mesures tout aussi efficaces d’inscription et d’affectation dans les armées de conscription. Cela requiert des établissements d’instruction capables de transformer des travailleurs d’usine et des agriculteurs en gens d’armes, en plus de leur fournir des officiers, des états-majors et des commandants pour les diriger. Cela nécessite un équilibre entre les exigences des forces armées, de l’industrie et de l’agriculture. Et puis – on a tendance à l’oublier – cela requiert des services médicaux pour soigner les blessés, ainsi que des programmes et des pensions pour prendre soin des soldats après leur démobilisation. Comment l’Empire britannique et le Commonwealth ont-ils mobilisé les effectifs nécessaires aux forces armées, au secteur agricole et à l’industrie durant les deux guerres mondiales? Et comment ont-ils pris soin des anciens combattants, valides comme invalides, une fois les conflits terminés?

La conférence « Les armées de l’Empire britannique et la mobilisation d’effectifs durant les deux guerres mondiales » rassemblera un groupe hétérogène d’historiens distingués, d’universitaires et d’étudiants des cycles supérieurs, qui procéderont à un examen multidimensionnel de la mobilisation des armées de Grande-Bretagne, d’Inde et des dominions. La présence des conférenciers suivants a été confirmée : M. Gary Sheffield (Université de Wolverhampton), M. Richard Grayson (Goldsmiths, Université de Londres), M. Kent Fedorowich (Université de l’Ouest de l’Angleterre), M. Peter Dennis (Université de Nouvelle‑Galles du Sud), Mme Jessica Meyer (Université de Leeds), M. Kaushik Roy (Université de Jadavpur), M. Jonathan Fennell (King’s College de Londres), M. Daniel Byers (Université Laurentienne), M. Ian McGibbon (ministère de la Culture et du Patrimoine de Nouvelle-Zélande), M. Ian van der Waag (Université de Stellenbosch), et Mme Meghan Fitzpatrick (Collège militaire royal du Canada).


Thursday 8 November 2018/jeudi le 8 novembre

0815-08:20 - Welcome/Bienvenue

0830-0930 - Gary Sheffield, “The Recruiting, Training and Battlefield Performance of British Army Officers in the Two World Wars"

0930-1015 - Richard Grayson, “Irish Identities in the Armies of the British Empire during the First World War"

1015-1045 - Coffee Break/Pause-café

1045-1200 - Panels 1 & 2 / Panneaux 1 et 2

Mobilization I: Australia and New Zealand/ Australie et Nouvelle-Zélande

David Littlewood, “‘Its Necessity Need Not Be Laboured’: New Zealand’s Introduction of Conscription in 1940.”

Ross Mackie, “The Rationalisations for and Shortcomings of Compulsory Military Training in New Zealand 1909–14”

Paul Bartop, “Mobilizing Diversity: The Formation of Australia’s 8th Employment Company as a Response to the Japanese Threat in 1942.”

Mobilization II: Canada in the First World War / Le Canada dans la première guerre mondiale

Roger Sarty, “The Canadian Garrison Artillery Goes to War, 1914-1918.”

Ian Hope, “Feeding Mars: The Overseas Ministry and the Sustainment of the Canadian Corps 1916-1918.”

Howard Coombs, “Defining Canadian Participation in the First World War: The Case of No. 5/No. 7 (Queen’s University) Military Hospital.”

1200-1300 Lunch/Repas de midi

1300-1345 Kent Fedorowich, “‘Returning Home to Fight’: Bristolians in the Dominion Armies, 1914-1918.”

1345-1430 Jean Bou, “The Government that Couldn’t Say No: Australia’s Military Effort, 1914-1918.”

1430-1500 Coffee Break/Pause-café

1500-1615 Panels 3 & 4 / Panneaux 3 et 4

British Approaches to Developing and Sustaining Soldiers / Approches britanniques du développement et du maintien des soldats

Emma Newlands, “‘Rebelling against it one minute then taking pride in it the next’: Becoming a soldier in Britain during the Second World War.”

James Campbell, “‘Make Them Tigers’—British Military Physical Culture in the First World War.”

Linda Parker, “‘This wonderful fellowship’: The work of Talbot House and the Toc H Movement with the British and Imperial Armies in Two World Wars.”

Royal Air Force / Innovations de la Royal Air Force

Sebastian Cox, “An Unexpected Agent of Change: Race, Class And Social Mobility in the Royal Air Force.”

Lynsey Cobden, “A fear of flying: Psychological disorders and Royal Air Force Flying Training Command, 1939-1945.”

Sean Summerfield, “Creation and Operation of the RAF’s Casualty Branch during the Second World War.”

1615-1700 - Kaushik Roy, “Manpower, Mobilization and the Indian Army during Two World Wars.”

1830 for 1900 Start: Banquet - Fort Frontenac Officer’s Mess

Friday 9 November/vendredi le 9 novembre

0830-0915 Jessica Meyer [via Skype], “Conserving Military Manpower: The work of the Royal Army Medical Corps in the First World War.”

0915-1000 Jonathan Fennell, “A Question of Legitimacy: Mobilizing the British and Commonwealth Armies in the Second World War.”

1000-1030 Coffee Break/pause-café

1030-1145 Panels 5 & 6 / Panneaux 5 et 6

Sustaining Manpower in the Canadian Army during the Second World War / Maintenir les effectifs dans l'armée canadienne pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale

Geoffrey Hayes, ““Tommy” Burns, Arthur Beament and the Manpower Crisis in First Canadian Army, 1944.”

Russell Hart, “For Want of Men: The ‘Infantry Crisis’ Amid Anglo-Canadian Forces in Normandy, Summer 1944 and its Impact on Twenty-First Army Group Operations and Effectiveness.”

Arthur Gullachsen, “Rebuilding the Royal Winnipeg Rifles June-July 1944.”

Demobilization / Démobilisation

Allan Allport, “Demobilization of the British Armed Services after the Two World Wars.”

Carol Fort, “Australia’s 1944 Manpower Release Schemes: Fairness Lessons Learned from Early Demobilization Programs.”

Victoria Sotvedt, “The End of the War?: Repatriation Efficiency and Discipline in the Canadian Army After the Second World War.”

1145-1245 - Lunch/repas de midi

1245-1330 - Daniel Byers, “Punching Above Its Weight: Canada and the Mobilization of Manpower During the Second World War"

1330-1415 - Ian van der Waag, “South African Manpower and the Second World War.”

1415-1430 - Coffee Break/ pause-café

1430-1515 - Ian McGibbon, “Stretching the Limits: Sustaining New Zealand’s War Effort 1939-1945"


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