Arctic
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Histories

Per Ardua Ad Arcticum

The Royal Canadian Air Force in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic

Operational Histories, No. 2

Wood’s pioneering history, published here for the first time, offers valuable insights into the pivotal role that the Royal Canadian Air Force played in the opening of the Canadian North from the 1920s to the late 1940s. Filled with interesting first‐person accounts of Arctic operations and rich descriptions of Arctic landscapes, Per Ardua Ad Arcticum is a valuable resource for scholars, military personnel, aviation enthusiasts, and general readers who want to learn more about the early history of the RCAF and aviation in the Canadian North.

By Edward P. Wood, Edited and Introduced by P. Whitney Lackenbauer

WHITNEY LACKENBAUER, Ph.D., is Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in the Study of the Canadian North and professor in the School for the Study of Canada at Trent University, and the Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of 1st Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (1CRPG) based in Yellowknife. Whitney is an adjunct professor at the Center for Arctic Security and Resilience at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Mulroney Institute for Governance at St. Francis Xavier University. Previously, he has been Killam Visiting Scholar at the University of Calgary, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Canadian Forces College, and a Fulbright Scholar at Johns Hopkins University. He has (co-)written or (co-)edited more than fifty books and more than one hundred academic articles and book chapters. His recent books include The Joint Arctic Weather Stations: Science and Sovereignty in the High Arctic, 1946-1972 (2022); A History of the Canadian Rangers of Quebec: 2nd Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (2022); The Canadian Armed Forces’ Eyes, Ears, and Voice in Remote Regions: Selected Writings on the Canadian Rangers (2022); Lines in the Snow: Thoughts on the Past and Future of Northern Canadian Policy Issues (2021); On Thin Ice? Perspectives on Arctic Security (2021); Breaking Through: Understanding Sovereignty and Security in the Circumpolar Arctic (2021); and China’s Arctic Engagement: Following the Polar Silk Road to Greenland and Russia (2021). He is married with three children.

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