A small addition to my modest resume of military writing. This book review on a 2016 book on the First World War’s Battle of the Somme was published yesterday in The Strategy Bridge, an online journal. I was very happy to have my piece selected by The Bridge.
While the Canadian Corps had a minor part in the latter phases of the Somme campaign, 1 July was a black day for Newfoundland, and thus my decision to start the review with the Canadian Armed Forces’ centenary commemoration of Beaumont Hamel last year. Sometimes military and national memory concerns itself with tragedy as much as with victory. The sacrifices of the Newfoundlanders at Beaumont-Hamel were as real and noteworthy as were those of the Canadians at Vimy, even if the latter is hailed today as a source of national pride. The Somme is a fearful reminder to military planners and leaders of the terrible price that others must pay for their mistakes.