Betrayed: Scandal, Politics, and Canadian Naval Leadership

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UBC Press, Nov 1, 2011 - History - 296 pages

In January 1944, Vice Admiral Percy Walker Nelles was fired from his position as head of the Royal Canadian Navy. Betrayed reveals the true story behind the dismissal: a divisive power struggle between two elite groups within the RCN pitted the navy's regular officers against a small group of self-appointed spokesmen for the voluntary naval reserve. Threats of public scandal, mass insurrection, and political intimidation caused one of the worst breakdowns in Canadian civil-military relations, revealing complex aspects of military professionalism and leadership.

This fascinating investigation into the machinations of a divided navy tackles important questions of military professionalism, leadership, and identity. Betrayed will appeal to readers interested in military history and security studies, political science, and sociology.

 

Contents

The Game and Its Players
3
1 Confused Seas
12
2 Equal Privileges for Greater Sacrifices
42
3 The Strange Interpretation
67
4 Trying to Keep Afloat
93
5 Informers Collaborators and Promise Breakers
120
6 A Loaded Investigation
153
7 Covering Up the Conspiracy
180
Games End and the Final Score
208
Senior Appointments Royal Canadian Navy 193945
220
Naval Service Headquarters Organizational Charts
225
Official and Unofficial Command Arrangements 194243
227
Notes
228
Bibliography
261
Index
267
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Richard O. Mayne is a historian with the Department of National Defence's Directorate of History and Heritage in Ottawa.

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