LCMSDS Presents
Laurier Military Speaker Series, 2018

Tim Cook, Canadian War Museum, Wednesday, 17 Oct., 7 pm at the LCMSDS in WATERLOO and Thursday, 18 Oct., 7 pm at the Guelph Civic Museum in GUELPH

The Secret History of Soldiers

Award-winning author and historian Tim Cook will talk about his new book, The Secret History of Soldiers. Based on over twenty years of research into the letters, diaries and memoirs of Canadian soldiers, Cook will explore how soldiers coped and endured in the trenches along the Western Front. To deal with the stress and strain, soldiers created their own society based on a unique culture forged in combat. Soldiers used songs, plays, theatre, slang and superstitions as a shield against the horror and to survive the rigours of service.


Tim Cook is the First World War historian at the Canadian War Museum and the author of 11 books. He has won many awards, including the RBC Taylor Prize, J.W. Dafoe Prize (twice), Ottawa Book award (twice) and C.P. Stacey award for best book in military history (twice). Tim was recently awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media. He is a Member of the Order of Canada.

LCMSDS is located at 232 King St. N. Waterloo, ON and admission is free. The Guelph Civic Museum is located at 52 Norfolk St, Guelph, ON and admission is by donation.

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Kyle Falcon

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