ARMSTRONG, John Griffith. Studies in Canadian Military History, 1).
Title: Halifax Explosion and the Royal Canadian Navy : Inquiry and Intrigue. First Edition, hardcover in dustjacket.
Publisher:  UBC Press, Vancouver, 2002, ISBN:077480890x
Seller ID: 67682
ARMSTRONG, John Griffith. The Halifax Explosion and the Royal Canadian Navy: Inquiry and Intrigue. Vancouver / Toronto : UBC Press, (2002). First Pri nting. Pp [i]-x,3-248. 3 maps and 16 b&w photos in the text. 8vo, blue cloth with silver lettering to spine. Volume one in the Studies in Canadian Military History series. "The Halifax Explosion of 1917 is a defining event inthe Canadian consciousness, yet it has never been the subject of a sustain ed analytical history. Astonishingly, until now no one has consulted the large federal government archives that contain first-hand accounts of the disaster and the response of national authorities. Canada's recently established navy was at the epicentre of the crisis. Armstrong reveals the navy's compelling, and little-known, story by carefully retracing the events preceding the disaster and the role of the military in its aftermath. He catches the pulse of disaster response in official Ottawa and provides a compelling analysis of the legal manoeuvres, rhetoric, blunders, public controversy, and crisis management that ensued. His disturbing conclusion is that federalofficials knew of potential dangers in the harbour before the explosion, t ook no corrective action, and kept the information from the public. As a result, a Halifax naval officer was made a scapegoat and the navy received lasting, and mostly undeserved, vilification. This is a compelling read not only for military and naval devotees but for anyone who wants to understand one of the events that shaped Canada in the twentieth century." - from the dj. Chapters : 1. The RCN in Halifax - December 1917; 2. Towards the Unthinkable; 3. Halifax Tide; 4. Through the Grim Day; 5. Reaction and Recovery; 6. Of Sailors, Lawyers, Goats, and Newspapers; 7. Goats to the Slaughter; 8. Covering the Tracks. Very good in dustjacket. 35.00