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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
October 24, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Roger Sarty

Naval and Military History; Canadian Military History

Contact Information
Phone: 519 884 0710 ext. 2287

Office Location: DAWB 2-136

Academic Background

BA, Toronto
MA, Duke
PhD, Toronto


Academic Interests

British, Canadian and American naval and air operations in the Battles of the Atlantic in the First and Second World Wars; Canadian defence policy and civil military relations, 1860-1945; Canadian military historiography and the development of military history institutions in Canada

Recent Publications


With W.A.B. Douglas and Michael Whitby, No Higher Purpose: The Official Operational History of the Royal Canadian Navy, Vol. II part 1: 1939-1943 (Ottawa and St Catharines: Vanwell Publications and Department of National Defence, 2002).

With Doug Knight, Saint John Fortifications 1630-1956 (Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions and The New Brunswick Military Heritage Project, 2003).

With W.A.B. Douglas and Michael Whitby, A Blue Water Navy: The Official Operational History of the Royal Canadian Navy, Vol. II, Part 2: 1943-1945 (Ottawa: Vanwell Publications and Department of National Defence, 2007). 650 pp.

War in the St. Lawrence: The Forgotten U-Boat Battles on Canada's Shores (Toronto: Allen Lane, 2012), xxviii + 355 pp.

Books Edited

With William S. Dudley, Troubled Waters: New Aspects of Maritime and Naval History; The Proceedings of the North American Society for Oceanic History, 1999-2005, published as a special double number of The Northern Mariner/le marin du nord XVIII, nos. 3-4 (July-October 2008), 220 pp.

Chapters in Books

'Admiral Percy W. Nelles: Diligent Guardian of the Vision,' in Michael Whitby, Richard H. Gimblett and Peter Haydon, eds., The Admirals (Toronto: Dundurn, 2006), 69-95.

'The Nationalization of Military History: Scholarship, Politics and the Canadian War Museum,' in Norman Hillmer and Adam Chapnick, eds., Canadas of the Mind: The Making and Unmaking of Canadian Nationalisms in the Twentieth Century (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2007), 110-133.

'The Interplay of Defence and Foreign Policy,' in Robert Bothwell and Jean Daudelin, eds., Canada Among Nations, 2008: 100 Years of Canadian Foreign Policy (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009), 111-141.

'How C.P. Stacey Became the Army's Official Historian: The Writing of The Military Problems of Canada, 1937-1940,' in Geoffrey Hayes, Mike Bechthold and Matt Symes, eds., Canada and the Second World War: Essays in Honour of Terry Copp (Waterloo: ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2012), 139-157.


'Canada's Coastal Fortifications of the Second World War,' Fort: The International Journal of Fortification and Military Architecture, 33 (2005), 3-33.

'Uncle Bill's Service in Bomber Command, 1942-1944: Family Memory and the Written Record,' Canadian Military History, 15 (Summer-Autumn 2006), 89-99.

With Marc Milner and Doug Knight, 'Saint John's Red Head Battery: A Forgotten Military Artifact of Confederation,' Canadian Military History, 16 (Spring 2007), 5-20.

'Adventures in Government History: The Origins of War in the St. Lawrence: The Forgotten U-Boat Battles on Canada's Shores,' Canadian Military History 21, no. 1 (Winter 2012), 64-78. 

Museum Exhibits

Project director, military history writer and editor, ‘Canvas of War: Masterpieces from the Canadian War Museum,' c. 5000 square foot art show and military history exhibit, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Ottawa, February 2000-January 2001, and then toured Canada, 2001-2005. Canadian Museum Association award for ‘best exhibit' for 2000.

Project co-director and history writer and editor, ‘Democracy at War: The Canadian Second World War Newspaper Archive.' Online in September 2003.

Other Activities

Editor, Northern Mariner

Editor, Canadian Military History