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Despite Canada’s impressive participation in the First World War, which many claimed made Canada a nation, the country was poorly armed and equipped in September 1939 when the Second World War began.

Larry D. Rose, a long time journalist and a military specialist examines the military’s own failures, the hidden agenda of Prime Minister Mackenzie King, and the divisions within Canada leading up to Canada’s entry into the war. The lack of preparedness was directly responsible for two of Canada’s costliest military defeats, the battles of Hong Kong and Dieppe.

Mobilize! is based on interviews with veterans and extensive documentary research. Despite the fact that many military historians have written about this period, no one has examined this part of our military history in such detail.

Foreword by J.L. Granatstein.