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Remembrance and the changing face of war - experts

2010-03-19

As Remembrance Day approaches you might be interested in discussing the changing face of war with Howard Coombs, professor of war in modern society or Allan English, professor of human behaviour in war and military history.
Allan English
Allan English is able to discuss human behaviour in war including combat stress and the ways that this affects Canadian soldiers. He is also able to apply lessons of the past to current and future defence problems.
Dr. English served with the Canadian Forces for over 20 years in various operational and instructional positions as an air navigator.  He holds an MA in War Studies and a PhD in History. He has taught courses in Theories of War, Air Warfare, and Human Behaviour in War.
He was also a Senior Research Fellow at the Canadian Forces Leadership Institute from 2002-2004. His current research focuses on the areas of command and control, leadership and military culture.
His book entitled, “The Changing Face of War: Learning from History”, is an edited collection of essays applying lessons of the past to current and future defence problems. It has been translated into Chinese since its original publications.
Howard Coombs
Lt.-Col Howard Coombs is able to speak about war efforts and remembrance from both practical and theoretical perspectives. He is retired from active duty with the Canadian Forces and holds a masters degree from the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies.
Lt.-Col. Coombs is the Commanding Officer of the Princess of Wales' Own Regiment, a military reserve unit in Kingston. It will be part of the 90th anniversary ceremony at Vimy Ridge in France next spring, because many of its soldiers died there in the 1917 battle. He also spent two years with the U.S. army and spent the summer of 2004 in Afghanistan. He was also contributor to the History Channel’s Battle of the Somme documentary.
To arrange an interview contact Molly Kehoe, molly.kehoe@queensu.ca, (613) 533-2877, or Lorinda Peterson, lorinda.peterson@queensu.ca, (613) 533-3234

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