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The Canadian Forces have long sought an independent, but cooperative, journal in which officers could debate defence policy, force structure, strategy and tactics outside the hierarchical confines of the services. Thus, while the Canadian military gazette was the long-time organ of the non-permanent militia officers, the short-lived V.R.I. Magazine, which became the equally short-lived Canadian united service magazine, was the first professional journal of the permanent force.

Between the world wars, the Canadian defence quarterly ( CDQ) published articles, often thoughtful and well reasoned, by officers who would become generals during the Second World War. After the War, the armed forces chose to establish in-house journals. Although The Crowsnest, * The Canadian Army journal and Roundel were intended to be news organs, all ran valuable historical articles from time to time. With the integration of the armed forces in 1965, the three service journals were replaced by the Canadian Forces sentinel, which became just Sentinel, Sentinelle in French, in 1973. Sentinel also ran short news- and people-oriented stories, accompanied by many colour photos. Again, there was a requirement for a journal for serious articles by serving officers and defence critics. Canadian defence quarterly = Revue canadienne de défense was consciously modelled upon the inter-war Canadian defence quarterly, published by a private company with a healthy National Defence financial supplement and an editorial board stocked with serving officers and defence officials. After suffering through a series of National Defence downsizings and loss of its financial base, the CDQ finally suspended publication in 1998. Sentinel and Sentinelle had already fallen victim to defence cuts in 1994.

Esprit de corps, which grew out of an earlier magazine designed to be in-flight reading on Canadian Forces passenger aircraft, was the very personal creation of its editor, Scott Taylor. It has been the champion of the serving soldier in difficult times of financial constraint and increasing peacekeeping roles, and has often been critical of senior defence management.

Canadian military history is an academic journal and the only source wholly dedicated to military history. Articles on subjects in Canadian military history are also found in the academic history journals, such as Canadian historical review, Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française, Histoire sociale = Social history and the provincial journals, such as Ontario history, Saskatchewan history, B.C. studies and Acadiensis.

* The Canadian Army journal. - Vol. 1 (Apr. 1947) - Vol. 19, no. 2 (1965). - Ottawa: King's Printer, 1947-1965. - Also published in French under the title: Journal de l'Armée canadienne

Canadian defence quarterly. - Vol. 1 (October 1923) - Vol 16 (July 1939). - Ottawa: Privately printed, 1923-1939.

Canadian defence quarterly = Revue canadienne de défense. - Vol. 1, no. 1 (Summer 1971) - Vol. 27, no. 4 (Summer 1998). - Toronto: Baxter Pub., 1971-1998.

The Canadian military gazette. - Vol. 1-63. - Ottawa: Privately printed, 1885-1948.

Canadian military history. - Vol. 1, no. 1/2 (Autumn 1992). - Waterloo, Ont.: Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies, Wilfrid Laurier Univ., 1992.

Canadian military review = Revue militaire canadienne. - Vol. 1, no. 1 (February 1, 1880) - Vol. 2 [1881?]. - Québec, Québec: Privately printed, 1880-[1881?]

The Canadian united service magazine. - Vol. 1, no. 1 (August 1894)-[vol. 4?]. - [S.l.: Privately printed, 1894-[1898?]

  • Title varies. Vols. 1 - 2 were titled The V.R.I. magazine.

The crowsnest: the Royal Canadian Navy's magazine. - Vol. 1 (November 1948) - vol. 17 (June 1965). - Ottawa: King's Printer, 1948-1965.

Esprit de corps: the Canadian military then and now. - Vol. 1 (May 1991). - Ottawa: [s.n.], 1991-.

  • Grew from an earlier journal titled: Esprit de corps: the inflight magazine of the Canadian Forces = Esprit de corps: journal de vol des Forces canadiennes. - Vol. 1-2.  -- Ottawa: [s.n.], 1990-1991.

Roundel. - Vol. 1 (November 1948) - Vol. 17 (June 1965).  - Ottawa: King's Printer, 1948-1965.

* Sentinel. - vol. 1 (November 1965) - Vol. 30, no. 1 (Feb./March 1994). - Ottawa: Directorate of Information Services, National Defence Headquarters, 1965-1994. - Also published in French under the title: Sentinelle

  • Title varies. 1965-1973 was Canadian Forces sentinel, and was issued in a bilingual format. After that, became two separate publications, Sentinel and Sentinelle. Content was not always exactly the same. Sentinel was not given volume numbers for many years. It generally appeared six times per year, but frequency also varied.

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