Guide to Sources for Research into Military History

The intent of this guide is to provide a list of authoritative reference materials to introduce researchers to the background history that combines air, land and sea operations. Since it would be impracticable to include the full list of several hundred titles (which continues to grow), the emphasis is on official histories and other government publications, including the proceedings of sponsored conferences directly pertaining to the subject. It does, however, recognize as “standard references” a number of non-governmental publications which, while not officially sanctioned, are sources considered to be both thoroughly researched and reliable for use in the study of Canada’s naval history and heritage.

The majority of these volumes are held in the NMA Collections, and indeed duplicates of many are available for purchase. The links [titles in bold blue text] are to the original publication data.

  1. The French and Indian Wars
  2. The British in the American Revolution
  3. The Patriots in the American Revolution
  4. The Loyalists in the American Revolution
  5. Canadian Military History in the 19th Century
  6. The First World War
  7. The Second World War
  8. Canadian Military History: General
  9. Regimental Histories

The War of 1812 has another page dedicated to the subject.




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