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Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College fonds
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36.75 m of textual records
ca. 600 photographs : b&w ; 35.5 x 28 cm or smaller
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The first staff course organized by the Canadian Army was conducted in England in 1940, although subsequent War Staff courses were conducted at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC). The need for trained staff officers provoked the establishment of the Canadian Army Staff College in 1946 as part of the Canadian Army (Regular) Staff Training System, where a ten month course became the standard. The Staff College moved out of RMC in October 1947 and was situated at the historic Fort Frontenac in Kingston. In 1959 the course was extended to two years and the aim of the school was to train officers for staff appointments in all branches of the staff in field and static formations in time of war. In addition, the college hoped to broaden the knowledge of officers in such a way as make them valuable to the Army in peacetime. On 1 February 1968 the college was redesignated as Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College. In September 1992 the name was changed to the Canadian Land Force Command and Staff College and reported to Land Force Command.
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Fonds consists of course material from the Canadian Army Staff College (CASC) / Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College (CLFCSC) course for officers of the regular army during 1946-1986. Also includes course material for: the Militia Staff Course / Reserve Officers Staff Course for command of militia battalions and regiments during 1956-1972; the Canadian Senior Officers School in tactics and command during 1956-1964; the CASC War Staff Course for staff-trained officers in 1963; and the Junior Command and Staff Course (Land) of sixteen weeks for senior captains and junior majors during 1974-1977. Course material includes exercises, outlines, precis for students, maps, and Directing Staff notes. There are also student college yearbooks, staff officers handbooks, and photographs of guest speakers during 1968-1972.
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Parts of folios 148, 289, 293-93 and 295-96 have been removed and stored with CLASSIFIED. Folios 336, 346 and 348 are CLASSIFIED. The remaining fonds is UNCLASSIFIED.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Copies of the finding aid are located in the first file of the fonds and in the Reading Room at the Directorate of History and Heritage. Electronic copies are also available.
The following related material is available in the Document Collection:
81/73 -- Leadership at senior levels of command. Pre-publication draft of U.S. Army DA Pam. .
82/1139 -- Official celebration dates. List of regimental corps and branch birthdays and special "days". 20 May 1982.
83/303 -- Notes on the Canadian Army. 1954.
RC [Permanent Reference File] Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College, Kingston, Ont.
The following related material is available in the Kardex Collection:
112.3M1023 (D119) -- List of translations of Russian documents received from Canadian Army Staff College, 23 Apr 1959.
113 (D2) -- Chief of General Staff BDF 3-3-5 Vol. 3 Canadian Army Staff College. papers relating to the operation of the Canadian Army Staff College and comments on Canadian attendance at Foreign Staff Colleges. 1958-1964.
113.083 (D4) -- SC-5115-K75/4: Canadian Army Staff College, Fort Frontenac, Kingston, Ont. - Construction and Maintenance. Dec 1957 to Jul 1958.
114.3Q1.009 (D4) -- DQOP Message Q1922 dated 12 May 1965 authorizing issue of guns for Museum at Canadian Army Staff College, Fort Frontenac.
171.009 (D1) -- List of files received from Canadian Army Staff College. Mar 1949.
171.009 (D277) -- Service Relations with Civilians. Outline of lecture by Major General A. Bruce Matthews to Canadian Army Staff College, Feb 1951.
171.009 (D278) -- Radiological Centre -- Proposed Organization Paper prepared by DWD, Nov 1958.
171.009 (D302) -- A copy of report titled "The Commonwealth Division and the Defensive Battle 1951-53 concerning Korea" received from the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College.
179.009 (D2) -- List of files received from Canadian Army Staff College in 1956.
179.009 (D3) -- Correspondence, instructions, copies of lectures, etc. by visiting lectures at Canadian Army Staff College, Sep 1947 - Dec 1949.
215.U3.013 (D3) -- Microfilm roll No. 799 operation reports of 3rd U.S. Army in Normandy Jul-Aug 1944, received from Canadian Army Staff College 4 Jan 1955.
368.009 (D5) -- List of files of Canadian Army Staff College, received in Directorate History, Dec 1959.
368.009 (D9) -- List of files received from Canadian Army Staff College, Apr 1961.
400.039 (D21) -- Questions and answers for officers qualifying exams (Lieutenant to Captain and Captain to Major), 1959.
435.009 (D29) -- List of Canadian Army Staff College files held in Director History.
435.009 (D50) -- Canadian Army Staff College file of general information on Russian Armed Forces, Dec 1953 - Sep 1955.
435.009 (D51) -- List of files and documents received from Canadian Army Staff College, Apr 1959.
435.009 (D56) -- Photos and maps of West Germany from Canadian Army Staff College Exercise "Broadfront". 1952.
Associated material can be found in the National Archives of Canada as the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College fonds. The reference number is R112-83-X-E (formerly RG24-G-14-69).
No further accruals are expected.
The course year books are stored in Oversize. In the finding aid, the folio number is a Directorate of History control and identification number, and should be quoted when asking for or making reference to a particular document.
Folios 378-397 (Course year books) and Folio 398 (Proposed Divisional Estimates for 1963-1965 Staff Course Purposes) were previously stored in Oversize, and were later transferred in 1996 to the National Archives of Canada.
In the finding aid, the folio number is a Directorate of History control and identification number, and should be quoted when asking for or making reference to a particular document.