Craig Leslie Mantle

Craig-MantleDr. Craig Leslie Mantle


Conference of Defence Associations Institute


Dr. Craig Leslie Mantle received his PhD in military and strategic studies from the University of Calgary in 2013. Between 2002 and 2013, he worked for the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute in Kingston, Ontario as a research officer. From 2013 to 2015, he worked at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Ontario as the post-1945 historian. His most recent book, In Their Own Words: Canadian Stories of Valour and Bravery from Afghanistan, 2001–2007 (Kingston: CDA Press, 2013), offers a collection of first-person narratives by 23 Canadian soldiers who earned some of the nation’s highest honours for their actions in Southwest Asia. He is also a research fellow with the Ottawa-based CDA Institute.

Select Publications

Journal Articles:

Mantle, Craig Leslie. “The Loss of a Canadian Chinook in Afghanistan: The Pilot’s Recollection of 5 August 2010.” Canadian Military History 24, no. 2 (Summer/Autumn 2015): 267-290.

Mantle, Craig Leslie. “Contributing to the Legacy: Gertrude Kearns, The Art of Command, and the Developing Memory of the Afghan War.” ON TRACK – Journal of the Conference of Defence Associations Institute 20, no. 2 (Autumn 2015): 33-38.

Mantle, Craig Leslie. “A Symbolic Return of Communitas: William MacDonnell’s Modernizing Mostar.” Canadian Military History 24, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2015): 379-390.

Online Book Review:

Mantle, Craig Leslie. Of John Nadler, Valour Road (Toronto: Viking, 2014). For Canadian Military History. Posted 2 September 2015.

Blog Post:

Mantle, Craig Leslie. “Commanding Art: Gertrude Kearns and Canada’s Afghan Mission.” For the CDA Institute Blog: The Forum. Posted 9 June 2015.


University of Calgary Silver Anniversary Graduate Fellowship.

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship, University of Calgary.

Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute & Arthur J.E. Child Memorial Doctoral Scholarship in Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary.

Graduate Supervision

Leadership; First World War; Oral History