The Gregg Centre-Combat Training Centre

Annual Fall Conference, 2010

The All Arms Combat Team: Canadian Combined Operations from Courcelette to Kandahar

Wu Conference Centre, 6 Duffie Drive

University of New Brunswick, Fredericton Campus

28-29 September 2010


Conference Concept:

The modern all arms force is a product of 20th Century conventional war.  The First and Second World Wars produced the tools, organization, doctrine and training models for employing unified infantry, artillery, armoured, and engineer teams tied closely with air forces.  This concept of land operations survived the Cold War and remains the basis for organizing land forces today. 

  • This conference will consider whether the all arms combat team remains the best land force tool kit in the 21st Century. 
  • How has the combat team model performed in battle and on other missions including aid to civil power, peace-support, and counter-insurgency?
  • Are there are timeless principles that still make the all arms team relevant for both modern conventional war and other types of missions in the conflict spectrum? 
  • Is training soldiers for combat team operations the best way to prepare for an uncertain future?


Tentative Program - Subject to Change

Day 1 - The Twentieth Century

0815 - 0845      Registration

0845- 0900        Introductory Remarks and Welcome by Professor Marc Milner, Director, The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society

0900 - 1000      Keynote Address - Combined Arms in Normandy: Operation Spring, Professor Terry Copp, Professor Emeritus, Wilfrid Laurier University

1000 - 1015      Break

1015 - 1145      Panel 1 - The Great War:  The Tools All Emerge

Building a Better Corps: Canadian Combined Arms Warfare, from Courcelette to Vimy Ridge, Dr. David Campbell, University of Calgary

        The Canadian Corps and Open Warfare, 1918, Professor Brent Wilson, The Gregg Centre

11:45 - 12:45     Lunch

13:00 - 14:30    Panel 2 - The Second World War

Balancing the All Arms Formula: The Canadians in Italy, 1943-45, Dr. Lee Windsor, The Gregg Centre

No Ambush, No Defeat: The North Nova Battlegroup and the Advance to Carpiquet, 7 June 1944, Professor Marc Milner, The Gregg Centre

14:30 - 14:45     Break

14:45 - 16:15     Panel 3 - Post War

You Broke It - You Fix It!  The Canadian Army in Germany, 1945-1946, Major William March, Canadian Forces Areospace Warfare Centre

Military Problem Solving in the Cold War: An Examination of Canadian Combined Arms Doctrine and Experimentation, Major Andrew Godefroy, PhD Directorate of Land Concepts and Designs

16:30 - 17:00     Closing Plenary Session

"Applying Canadian Combined Arms in the 1990s:  Keeping the Peace at Home and Abroad", Professor David Charters, The Gregg Centre

Day 2 - The 21st Century


08:30- 09:30      Keynote Address - The Combat Training Centre in 2010, Colonel Jim Simms, Commander Combat Training Centre

09:30 - 10:30     All Arms in Today's War: 2005 - 2007, Colonel Omer Lavoie

10:30 - 10:45     Break

10:30 - 11:30     All Arms in Today's War: 2008 - 2009, Lieutenant Colonel J.S. Shipley

11:30 - 12:30     Lunch

12:30 - 13:20     "Training for Today and Tomorrow, Part I"

School Perspectives: 

Infantry School - OC A Company, Major Charles Bolduc
Artillery School - Chief Instructor, Major Jeff Schamehorn
Armoured School - Chief Standards Tactics School, Major Steve Wilson

13:30 - 14:45     "Training for Today and Tomorrow Part II"

School Perspectives:

CF School of Military Engineering - Senior Instructor, Tactics, Major Nathan Packer

Tactics School - Lieutenant Colonel Martin Lipcsey, Comandant


14:45 - 15:00     Break

15:00 - 16:00     Closing Session - Preparing Tomorrow's Commanders, Colonel Jamie Cade, Commandant, Canadian Land Force Command and General Staff College


Please consider joining The Gregg Centre for the 2010 Annual conference. Contact Dr. Lee Windsor for more information.