In January 1944, Vice Admiral Percy Walker Nelles was fired from his
position as head of the Royal Canadian Navy. Betrayed reveals the true
story behind the dismissal: a divisive power struggle between two elite
groups within the RCN pitted the navy's regular officers against
a small group of self-appointed spokesmen for the voluntary naval
reserve. Threats of public scandal, mass insurrection, and political
intimidation caused one of the worst breakdowns in Canadian
civil-military relations, revealing complex aspects of military
professionalism and leadership.
This fascinating investigation into the machinations of a divided
navy tackles important questions of military professionalism,
leadership, and identity. Betrayed will appeal to readers
interested in military history and security studies, political science,
Richard O. Mayne is a historian with the Department of National Defence's Directorate of History and Heritage in Ottawa.
Introduction: The Game and Its Players 1 Confused Seas 2 Equal Privileges for Greater Sacrifices 3 The Strange Interpretation 4 Trying to Keep Afloat 5 Informers, Collaborators, and Promise Breakers 6 A Loaded Investigation 7 Covering Up the Conspiracy Afterword: Game's End and the Final Score Appendices Notes Bibliography Index