BMMHS Zoom Afternoon Talk: “He’s a Lumberjack and he’s Okay…” The Canadian Corps 1914-1917

“He’s a Lumberjack and he’s Okay…” The Canadian Corps 1914-1917

Speaker: Rob Thompson

BZT Afternoon 7th Dec 2021

Tuesday 7th December 2021; 2:00pm

“He’s a Lumberjack and he’s Okay…” The Canadian Corps 1914-1917

An examination challenging the myth of the Canadian Corps 1914-1917, and which explains the often difficult and disappointing reality of its development. By placing the corps within its proper historical context, a more balanced and fuller understanding of its development and eventual status as ‘Shock Army of the British Empire’ is achieved.

Canadian Corp
'The Guns 8" Howitzer. 6th Canadian Siege on Vimy Ridge summer 1917' © NAM 1953-03-31-173

About the speaker: Rob Thompson

Rob Thompson,—  an “accidental” military historian who prior to becoming an independent military historian taught at the “War Studies Group” (Birmingham University). Finding himself in a Twentieth Century Military History class as part of his undergraduate degree, he elected to present a paper on “Lions Led by Donkeys”, only to be surprised by what he discovered. This was the first step on his road to card-carrying revolution. He now writes about the role of logistics and engineering in the development of BEF’s operational method on the Western Front and sits on the Anglo-French ‘GHQ Project’ Committee as a historical advisor. He is co-organiser of ‘Not So Quiet on the Western Front: The New Military History of World war one’. He is currently writing a book on the development of the British Army’s logistical system during the Great War, as well as a historical advisor to Bolton Wanderers Football Club Great War Centenary Project. He recently appeared on BBC Television’s “Great War Railways” programme alongside Michael Portillo. Rob is a regular speaker on the “Western Front” circuit, His beautiful Italian partner of 27 years patiently waits for the return of the man she once knew whilst his two delightful children continue to develop their capacity to sneer at their fathers failings. His self-deprecation clearly hides a towering ego and an unshakable belief that he, and he alone, is destined to rule the world. He is also very tall.                          

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