The Military Contribution of Northwestern Ontario to the First World War

13 May 2020 at 7:00 PM EST

Presented by Dr. David Ratz

  This webinar presentation will give an overview of the contribution of Northwestern Ontario to the First World War.  It will focus on troops sent overseas, in particular the 52nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. The presentation will also include an in-depth examination of a one small component of that unit derived from two platoon commanders’ notebooks.

Speaker: Dr. David Ratz is an Adjunct Professor of History at Lakehead University. He received his PhD in History from the University of Oulu, Finland. For over fifteen years he has taught courses on Canadian military history, the First and Second World Wars, Canadian Foreign Policy, and Modern European history, among others.  He has a publication record consisting of several books, chapters in books and scholarly articles.

David is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces holding the appointment of Commanding Officer of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment. A member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve since 1982 he has served in Canada in various administrative and training capacities. In 2000 he received the 38 CBG Commanders Commendation for his work establishing the Army Reserve Co-op Program in Thunder Bay. He has also been awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration for long service and good conduct. He brings to tonight’s presentation his depth of historical and military experiences.