Milner awarded Moncado Prize for "Stopping the Panzers"
Marc Milner, Director of the Gregg Centre, was awarded the Moncado prize from the Society of Military History (SMH) at the annual SMH awards luncheon on 10 June 1944. The Moncado Prize is awarded annually to the authors of the four best articles published in The Journal of Military History during the previous calendar year.
The prize-winning article was "Stopping the Panzers: Reassessing the Role of 3rd Canadian infantry Division in Normandy, 7-10 June 1944," published in April 2010.
Abstract of Article: The role of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division in the early phases of the Normandy landings of June 1944 has been poorly understood by historians. In particular, the beachhead battles of 7-10 June against the 12th SS Hitler Youth Panzer Division are dismissed as failed attempts to push forward, and typical examples of faulty Anglo-Canadian doctrine, tactics, and leadership. This article argues that none of that is true. Historians have misunderstood the role of the Canadian division in Operation OVERLORD and the larger Allied assumptions that formed the basis of its operational orders. The Canadian role was to stop the panzer counterattack on the crucial ground west of Caen that both Allied and German planners had identified as decisive. The Canadian task was therefore primarily defensive and, although the counterattack did not develop as Allied planners had feared, the Canadians denied 1st SS Panzer Corps the ground it sought for the basis of that attack. In doing so, the Canadians and their supporting British units fought much better than historians have suggested.
Read more of "Stopping the Panzers" through the Journal of Military History.