While shelf reading at the Map & Data Library, I spied a handsome little 1935 British atlas, and on the inside cover found the inscription:
Major C. P. Stacey
C. M. H. Q
London, January 1941
The first hit when looking up “C. M. H. Q” is a informative page by the National Defence and Canadian Forces explaining that:
Major (later Colonel) C.P. Stacey was appointed Historical Officer, General Staff, at the Canadian Military Headquarters in London, England, on 11 October 1940. His task, as conveyed to him by Lieutenant-General H.D.G. Crerar, Chief of the General Staff (the officer responsible for recommending Stacey’s appointment) was “the collection and preparation of material for future use of the official historian and the placing on the record of historical material not otherwise recorded or available.
Colonel Charles Perry Stacey (1906 – 1989) served oversees until 1945, and later served as a Professor of History at the University of Toronto from 1959-1975.
The Head Map Librarian, Marcel Fortin, knew all about this atlas. Then again, he’s worked here much, much, much longer than I. Finding goodies like this in the stacks is always delightful.
Canadian Military History isn’t a strength of mine, but it is fascinating.
It’s a tiny little thing. Roughly 11cm by 15cm, now tucked safely in the Brittle Book section.