Mobilize! - Dundurn


Why Canada Was Unprepared for the Second World War

Published November 2013


Why was Canada not preparing for the Second World War when the rest of the world was ready to meet Hitler’s threats?

Despite Canada’s active participation in the First World War, which many claimed made Canada a nation, the country was almost defenceless in September 1939 when war was declared again.

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



Larry D. Rose

Larry D. Rose is the author of Mobilize!: Why Canada Was Unprepared for the Second World War. His articles have appeared in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and other publications. He lives in Toronto.

J.L. Granatstein

J.L. Granatstein, the director of the Canadian War Museum from 1998 to 2000, is a Toronto historian and the author of Who Killed the Canadian Military?.

Book Details

November 2013
6x9 in
336 pp
November 2013
336 pp
November 2013
336 pp