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Second World War
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Information and Propaganda

Evans, Gary. -- John Grierson and the National Film Board : the politics of wartime propaganda. -- Toronto : Univ. of Toronto Press, 1984. -- 329 p.

Nelson, Joyce. -- The colonized eye : rethinking the Grierson legend. -- Toronto : Between the lines, 1988. -- 197 p.

Young, William Robert. -- "Making the truth graphic : the Canadian government's home front information structure and programmes during World War II". -- Ottawa : National Library of Canada, 1978. -- 5 microfiches. -- (Canadian theses on microfiche). -- Ph.D. thesis, Univ. of British Columbia, 1978. -- 446 l.

The Press and Censorship

Beauregard, Claude. -- Guerre et censure au Canada, 1939-1945. -- Sillery, Qué. : Septentrion, 1998. -- 196 p.

Comeau, Paul-André, et al. -- La démocratie en veilleuse : rapport sur la censure : récit de l'organisation, des activités et de la démobilisation de la censure pendant la guerre de 1939-45. -- Montréal : Éditions Québec/Amérique, 1995. -- [301] p. -- (Dossiers documents)

German, Daniel. -- "Press censorship and the Terrace Mutiny nbsp;: a case study in Second World War information management". -- Journal of Canadian studies = Revue d'études canadiennes. -- Vol. 31, no. 4 (Winter 1996-7). -- P. 124-142

  • Terrified that a relatively minor mutiny against conscription would spread, the military and government pressured press censors to increase the stringency of their application of the Defence of Canada Regulations. The censors resisted and argued that the existing system adequately protected military security

Intelligence and the Secret War

Beeby, Dean. -- Cargo of lies : the true story of a Nazi double agent in Canada. -- Toronto : Univ. of Toronto Press, 1996. -- 214 p.

  • Capture of Abwehr agent Werner Alfred Waldemar von Janowski in 1942 and his use by the RCMP as a double agent

  • The author maintains that the RCMP mismanaged the case and that Janowski was a triple agent who fed useful information back to Germany

Bryden, John. -- Best-kept secret : Canadian secret intelligence in the Second World War. -- Toronto : Lester Pub., 1993. -- 390 p.

MacLaren, Roy. -- Canadians behind enemy lines, 1939-1945. -- Vancouver : Univ. of British Columbia Press, 1981. -- 330 p.

R.C.M.P. security bulletins : the war series. -- Edited by Gregory S. Kealey and Reg Whitaker. -- St. John's, Nfld. : Committee on Canadian Labour History, 1989-93. -- 2 vol.

Stafford, David. -- Camp X. -- Toronto : Lester & Orpen Dennys, 1986. -- 327 p.

  • Camp near Whitby, Ont., operated by the British to train secret agents

Wark, Wesley K. -- "Cryptographic innocence : the origins of signals intelligence in Canada in the Second World War". -- Journal of contemporary history. -- Vol. 22, no. 4 (October 1987). -- P. 639-665

See also the monumental history of the Canadian Intelligence Corps, Scarlet to Green, by S. R. Eliot, listed with the unit and branch histories of the Canadian Army, in the Troops and Traditions section.

Military Policy and Strategy

Canada. Dept. of National War Services. -- Report. -- Ottawa : King's Printer, 1945. -- 3 vol.

Hayes, Geoffrey. -- "The development of the Canadian Army officer corps, 1939-1945". -- Ottawa : National Library of Canada, 1992. -- 4 microfiches. -- (Canadian theses on microfiche). -- Ph.D. thesis, Univ. of Western Ontario, London, Ont., 1992. -- 281 l

Madsen, Chris. -- Another kind of justice : Canadian military law from Confederation to Somalia. -- Vancouver : UBC Press, 1999. -- 236 p.

* Stacey, C.P. -- Arms, men and governments : the war policies of Canada, 1939-1945. -- Ottawa : Queen's Printer, 1970. -- 681 p. -- Also published in French under the title: Armes, hommes et gouvernements : les politiques de guerre du Canada, 1939-1945

  • Brings together the strategic and industrial policies of the Canadian government, at the political, bureaucratic and highest military levels. As such, it is still unsurpassed

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