Although the Allies claimed victory at the end of the Second World
War, the United States' invention of the atomic bomb and its
replication by the Soviet Union posed new dangers for all nations.
In Peace Prepared examines what Canada's Cold War Army
did to prepare for war against the Warsaw Pact armies - and why
and how it did it.
Drawing on previously classified documents from both sides of the
conflict, Andrew Godefroy reveals that although the Third World War
never happened, peacetime operations played a significant role in the
evolution of Canada's army. Officers, soldiers, and a large
civilian defence workforce of scientists, engineers, and designers
acknowledged that the odds were stacked against them, but they
nevertheless responded aggressively and innovatively to the challenges
presented by the possibility of nuclear war.
This important work shows that through innovation and adaptation the
Canadian Army developed a systematic approach to problem solving. In
the process, it reshaped not only how the army would respond to future
threats but also how armies in the Western Alliance related to one
another during the Cold War and beyond.
Andrew B. Godefroy is a strategic analyst and
historian with the Canadian Army, editor-in-chief of the Canadian
Army Journal, and the author of Defence and Discovery:
Canada's Military Space Program, 1945-74.
Series: Studies in Canadian Military History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 28th May 2014
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2