About the 2015 Eaton Lecture
Cinderella Army: The Canadians, October 1944
by Prof. Terry Copp
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, 7 p.m.
Royal Ontario Museum
First Canadian Army, the Allies' "Cinderella on the Left" was Eisenhower's smallest army, but in the fall of 1944 it was given the biggest and most important task – clearing the approaches to Antwerp, the largest port in Europe and the key to supplying Allied forces.
General Guy Simonds, the acting army commander orchestrated four large scale combined arms operations in October 1944 employing air, naval and land forces in Canada's most important, yet little-known campaign of the Second World War.
Terry Copp is a professor emeritus in the department of history at Wilfrid Laurier University. Prof. Copp's recent publications include Cinderella Army: The Canadians in Northwest Europe (UTP, 2006) and Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy (UTP, 2003).
His paper “Towards a New Balance Sheet: 21 Army Group in Normandy” published in John Buckley (ed.) The Normandy Campaign 1944: Sixty Years On (Frank Cass, 2006) extends his revisionist approach to military history to the British army in the Second World War.
The Canadian Defence Academy commissioned Guy Simonds and the Art of Command for publication in early 2007 and Combat Stress in the 20th Century: The Commonwealth Perspective for 2010, coauthored with Mark Humphries.
Prof. Copp also authored No Price Too High: Canadians and the Second World War which led to the acclaimed television series No Price Too High where he was the lead military historian.