To begin with, Canadian Military Police existed as distinct units prior to 1940. I assume the authors (or editors, as they have listed themselves) realized that researching anything prior to 1940 would prove to be time-consuming, and dismissed the existence of the WWI units thus: "Although both the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Air Force maintained rudimentary military police forces between 1917 and the mid 1920s, the real story of Canada's Military Police truly begins in September 1939 with the outbreak of the Second World War." (Page 2)
Really? Who made this decision? I suspect some wag in Ottawa decided that he or she wanted to celebrate a 75th Anniversary and acknowledging the existence of prior MP units would be inconvenient. I was also somewhat put off by the title page, which had no details regarding the identity of the publisher or the date published. The narrative ends after page 3, and thereafter one has to rely on the descriptions of the photographs to get a general idea of what is going on.
I guess in the end I would rather have the book than not have it, especially since I recognized a lot of the soldiers in the photos, but I really expected a better effort for an anniversary book. There should be chapters on badges and insignia, details on deployments, Honour Rolls of those KIA. This book has none of that.In short, I wanted a meal; I got dessert.
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