Canadian Military History
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Ph.D., Queen's University (in progress)
M.A. History, Queen's University, 2008
B.A. (Honours) History, University of Calgary, 2006
ROBERT ENGEN was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, and is now in the fourth year of his PhD program at Queen's University. His Master's thesis investigated the combat experience and effectiveness of Canadian Army soldiers during the Second World War, and was completed in early 2008. This work was based upon a series of previously unexplored battle experience questionnaire documents. It has since been expanded into a manuscript and will be published by McGill-Queen's University Press in October 2009 under the title Canadians Under Fire: Infantry Effectiveness in the Second World War.
Robert has done contract historical research and other work for the Canadian Forces Directorate of Land Concepts and Designs (DLCD) at CFB Kingston, and is nearing completion of his doctoral studies. His dissertation will explore combat motivation and human behaviour in the Canadian Army during the Second World War. Robert's research interests are focused upon nineteenth- and twentieth-century land warfare, but also include Canadian and gender history. His work at Queen's, both at the Master's and doctoral level, has been supervised by Dr. Allan English.
History 476 - Canada at War (Fall/Winter 2011-12)
Canadians Under Fire: Infantry Effectiveness in the Second World War, 1943-45 (Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009).
"Army Biography: Lt.-General Samuel Findlay Clark," Canadian Army Journal, Vol. 11, No. 2 (Summer 2008).
"Killing for their Country: A New Look at 'Killology'," Canadian Military Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2 (Summer 2008).
"Steel Against Fire: The Bayonet in the First World War," Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, Vol. 8, No. 3 (Spring 2006).
"Review: John Mosier, Cross of Iron: The Rise and Fall of the German War Machine, 1919-1945," Canadian Army Journal, Vol. 11, No. 3 (Fall 2008).
"Review: Ronald Smelser and Edward J. Davies II, The Myth of the Eastern Front: The Nazi-Soviet War in American Popular Culture," Canadian Army Journal, Vol. 11, No. 2 (Summer 2008).
SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombadier CGS Doctoral Scholarship, 2009-2012.
Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Aid to Scholarly Publications Program Grant, 2009.
Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 2008-2009.
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Master's Scholarship, 2006-2007.