Laurier Military Speaker Series, Winter 2018
Mark Humphries, Director of the LCMSDS and the Dunkley Chair in War and the Canadian Experience, Wilfrid Laurier University
Wednesday, 7 February, 7 pm
The Canadian Corps at Passchendaele 100 Years On
For more than a century, Passchendaele has been the battle which best captures the horrors and futility of the Great War. Yet the Canadian role in this pivotal fight has strangely received little attention. Professor Humphries re-examines the battle using British, Canadian and German sources to try and understand why Canadians fought there and what the battle tells us about the state of Sir Arthur Currie’s Canadian Corps at the end of 1917.
Mark Humphries is the Director of the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies and the Dunkley Chair in War and the Canadian Experience at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has published five books and more than a dozen articles on the medical, social, and operational history of the Great War. His most recent book is The Last Plague: Spanish Influenza and the Politics of Public Health in Canada (UTP, 2013), he is in the final stages of a monograph on shell-shock during the war.