In 1951, Canada sent troops to western Europe to support its NATO allies. The brigade helped Canada establish its international status. In private, however, Canadian officials and military leaders expressed grave doubts about NATO's strategies and operational plans. Despite these reservations, they sent military families overseas and implemented personnel policies that permanently changed the distribution of the defence budget and the character of the Canadian Army. This original account of the evolution of the Canadian Army - from a small training cadre to a truly national force - offers a new perspective on military policy and diplomacy in the Cold War era.
Isabel Campbell is a military and naval historian with the Directorate of History and Heritage, National Defence Headquarters.