The On War & Society podcast features interviews with the most prominent historians of war and society. Host Kyle Falcon sits down with his guests to discuss their cutting-edge research, the challenges associated with doing history, and life ‘behind the book.’
On War & Society E36: The Black Watch Snipers with David O’Keefe
David O’Keefe is the author of One Day in August: The Untold Story Behind Canada’s Tragedy at Dieppe and his most recent book, Seven Days in Hell: Canada’s Battle for Normandy and the Rise of the Black Watch Snipers. Never one to shy away from public exposure, O’Keefe has also been prolific in film and television, creating and collaborating in more than fifteen documentaries. In this wide-ranging interview, O’Keefe discusses the thirty-year journey behind his research into the Black Watch snipers, the benefits and challenges of doing history on film and television and the impact that the pandemic has had on research and public outreach.
David O’Keefe is an award-winning historian, documentarian and professor at Marianopolis College in Westmount, Quebec. He served with the Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada in the Canadian Forces in Montreal.
Video Series E2: Edward Cecil-Smith and the Spanish Civil War with Tyler Wentzell
Edward Cecil-Smith was a Christian, journalist, playwright, member of the Communist Party of Canada and a volunteer in the Mackenzie–Papineau Battalion during the Spanish Civil War, where he served alongside 17,000 other Canadians and 45,000 internationals. Why did he and other Canadians fight in a foreign war that was not for their king or country? In the second of a two-part special video edition of the On War & Society Podcast, Kyle Falcon sits down with Tyler Wentzell to discuss this forgotten man who fought in a forgotten war, the subject of his book Not For King or Country: Edward Cecil-Smith, The Communist Party of Canada and the Spanish Civil War.
Tyler Wentzell is an independent scholar based in Toronto. He is a Canadian infantry officer and a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. This is his first book.