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Canada. Army. Canadian Officers' Training Corps World War, 1914-1918--Personal narratives, Canadian
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H.F.G. Letson interview

CALL NUMBER: T0248:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps - cadet, officer, and C.O., 1914-1936 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-08-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: General H.F.G. Letson (born 1896) discusses his family background. High school cadets. Formation of COTC, WWI. President Wesbrook. 196th Battalion. Overseas in France and at Vimy Ridge. Returns to UBC in 1918. Disbandment. Views on anti-miltary feeling on campus. TRACK 2: B.C. Regiment 1920s. Co-operation of militia with COTC. Becomes Commanding Officer of COTC. Gallipoli lectures. Musketry. "My foreign legion". Philosophy of COTC. Personal feelings. Interest in history.;

CALL NUMBER: T0248:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps - cadet, officer, and C.O., 1914-1936 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-08-13 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: General H.F.G. Letson discusses incidents in 1919 of student opposition. 1941 military attacks in Washington. 1942 Assistant General in charge of recruitment. Problems of recruitment WWII. Story by Sam Hughes. Explanation of WWII policy of dividing Canadian army. TRACK 2: General McNaughton and autonomy issue. Post-WWII committee for militia policy. Views on disbandment of Canadian Officers' Training Corps. Views on integration. Support of COTC.;

Gordon Shrum interview : [Specht & Mackenzie, 1973]

CALL NUMBER: T0243:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC, 1928-1946 PERIOD COVERED: 1914-1946 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Gordon M. Shrum discusses his family background and education. Admiration for University of Toronto professors. Joins the Canadian Officers' Training Corps (COTC) at the University of Toronto. Enlistment as a gunner. World War I experiences at Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele and earns military medal at Mons. TRACK 2: Attitude to WWI and military. Completes education and moves to UBC. Origins of COTC UBC in 1928 and reasons for joining. Dr. H. Logan, Dean Brock supporters. Position of President Klinck. Student opposition. Building of armoury. Decision to waive pay. Acquires Emily Carr paintings for Officers' Mess. Comparison of COTC training with military colleges. COTC facilities at UBC.;

CALL NUMBER: T0243:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC, 1928-1946 PERIOD COVERED: 1914-1946 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gordon Shrum discusses the COTC facilities on and off the UBC campus 1929-1940. Staff Sgt. Smith. Decision to waive pay. Duties as Captain in COTC. Inspector Gen. Griesback. Anti-war movement; 1934. Morale. Training program. Comparison of Col. Logan and Col. Letson. Dr. Shrum becomes Commanding Officer in 1937. Importance of discipline. TRACK 2: Effect of international developments. Government policy re: COTC during wartime. Wartime expansion of COTC. Getting materials to build armoury. Faculty attitudes. Student attitudes. UNTD. UATP. Summer Camps.;

CALL NUMBER: T0243:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC, 1928-1946 PERIOD COVERED: 1914-1946 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-05 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gordon Shrum discusses COTC Training program for WWII. Faculty and students' attitudes to COTC. Dean Finlayson. President Klinck. Chancellor McKechnie and Hamber. Committee for Military Affairs. COTC officer staff WWII. President N. MacKenzie supports military units. COTC contribution to war effort. COTC standards. TRACK 2: Opinions on value of officer training to individual. Brief discussion of some wartime military and political leaders. Position on Selection Board COTC. Annual Reports. Administration.;

Dr. Norman MacKenzie interview : [Specht, 1974]

CALL NUMBER: T0507:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-05-03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Norman A.M. MacKenzie discusses his family background. Education. Pictou County, N.S. Schools -- Nova Scotia. Joins O.T.C. Dalhousie 1914. Enlists. Training period. Overseas in France -- "Plug Street", Ypes. TRACK 2: Somme. Arras. Catches flu and convalescence England. Passchendaele. 1918 -- Arras front. Amieus. Actions as a scout. Military medals. Cambrai-Bourlon. CALL NUMBER: T0507:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-05-03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Norman MacKenzie discusses his discharge. Education plans. Post-war attitude to war. International affairs 1920s. Versailles Treaty. Visit to Russian OTC. University of Toronto. Anti-military training on campus. TRACK 2: University of Toronto and UBC compared re: military. Military in Canada inter-war years. Opinion of value of OTC. Sections of society supporting military. Effect of Depression on international stability. Becomes president U.N.B.C.S.A. incident, 1940. CALL NUMBER: T0507:0003 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-05-03 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Norman MacKenzie describes the Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC. Dr. Shrum. Armoury. President's house. Opinion on value of OTC. Discussion of commanding officers at UBC. Pipe Band. TRACK 2: UBC commanding officers of COTC, Reserve University Squadron, University Naval Training Division. Reasons commanding officers served in units. Opinion of quotas and phasing out of units. Political parties and their attitudes. Integration [of the Armed Forces]. Efforts to resist disbandment.

Arthur Lord interview

CALL NUMBER: T0246:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps UBC - WWI and WWII RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-25 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Arthur Lord was born in 1897 and discusses his family background. High school cadets. Canadian Officers' Training Corps (COTC). Western Universities Battalion. Camp Hughes. England. Vimy Ridge. TRACK 2: Vimy campaign. Wounded. Attitude to WWI. President Wesbrook. Campus life. COTC disbanded 1919. Graduation. UBC Senate from 1924. Re-establishment of COTC in 1928.;

CALL NUMBER: T0246:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Arthur Lord : Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC - WWI and WWII, 1915-1945 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-06-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Arthur Lord discusses international affairs in the 1930s. Joining the COTC. Training and duties. Importance of discipline. Officers' Mess. Qualities of a good officer. TRACK 2: WWI and WWII students compared. Value of military training on campus.;

Archie Wills interview : [Mole, 1979]

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Archie Wills : Canadian Field Artillery : memories of World War One RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1979-11-26 SUMMARY: Leaving Victoria and training at Camp Petawawa. Details of the guns, men and equipment. Life at Whitley, army camp in England, 1916. Christmas party at Whitley; how the men reacted; mail. Details of the menu for Christmas dinner. Went to France, summer 1917. Christmas dinner, 1917: the search for food. Christmas Eve on the front. Christmas Day. Details of the front lines: wagon lines, artillery lines, front lines. Weather conditions. Demonstrating Canadian strength to the Germans, at the time of Mons. Spanish flu, hospitals, convalescence, 1918. Christmas in France after the Armistice: riots, unrest and frustration. General comments about the horror of war, how he reacted, experiences under fire, friend's death, philosophical approach. The Depression years in Victoria as chairman of the Gyro Christmas hamper fund; feelings about the needy; Victoria's "Sunshine Inn". Humorous incidents as newspaperman covering the Imperial Economic Conference in Ottawa.