Canada's National Army, Canada's National Interest 1918, 2008

Terry Copp


The Ross Ellis Memorial Lecture in Military and Strategic Studies is an annual lecture series honouring Lt. Colonel Ross Ellis, Commander of the Calgary Highlanders (1915-1983). Dedicated to his leadership abilities and military spirit, the series brings a renowned specialist in Military and strategic studies to the University of Calgary campus every year, for lectures and seminars open to the University population and the general public. Biography of Lieutenant Colonel Ross Ellis.

Canada's National Army, Canada's National Interest, 1918, 2008 offers an analysis of the decisions made by Prime Minister Robert Borden and Corps Commander Arthur Currie in the last year of the Great War. The issues that preoccupied both men, concepts of national interest, problems of national unity, the role of a small power within an alliance, the exercise of military power, casualty rates and the purpose of the war while different in detail from those confronting Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Gen. Rick Hillier raise important questions for all Canadians to consider today.

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