tality of the governments of the two provinces, of the Royal 22e Régiment at the Citadel in Quebec, the Royal Military College in Kingston and the Collège Mili- taire Royal de St. Jean created an ambiance in which, we have been led to be- lieve, the military historians present were able to enjoy themselves and to estab- lish new ties with colleagues from other countries. It was unfortunate that an untimely strike by ground workers of Air Canada forced the cancellation of a planned visit to the restored fortress and battlefield of Louisbourg, a visit for which the staff at Louisbourg had made great plans.
Because the informal activities of our colloquies in the International Commission play an important part in bringing delegates together, it would be remiss not to include a brief account of the program of visits alluded to in the previous paragraph. Following a number of business meetings on 19 and 20 Au- gust, the first major event was a tour of Quebec City on the 21st. Delegates had to leave their hotel at 5 A.M. and did not return until nearly midnight, after a day spent exploring the battlefields and parts of the old city, fortunately under the most ideal weather conditions. There followed a week of strenuous activities, including the academic programme and a visit by bus to Kingston, stopping on the way at Merrickville, site of one of the locks on the Rideau Canal. Once again, it was a long day for delegates. The final event on Monday, 28 August, following a closing banquet on Sunday night, was a tour of the Richelieu Valley which we were able to arrange at the last moment in place of the Louisbourg visit. It turned out to be an unforgettable experience. In driving rain two bus- loads of intrepid historians visited the interesting stone fort at Chambly; and after lunching, picnic style, at Le Collège Militaire Royal de St. Jean, ventured out by ferry to Île-aux-Noix. After an excellent guided tour of Fort Lennox, in spite of the weather and the fact that they were already late for the return to Ot- tawa, one busload went on to examine still another historic site at Côteau-du-Lac on the St. Lawrence River. Symbolic of the dauntless spirit abroad that day were Lady Kathleen Liddell Hart, exhibiting constant interest in all around her, and Professor André Corvisier who in his inimitable black suit and homburg hat gave as perfect an impression of sartorial elegance and comfort in the downpour as he had in the full glare of a hot August sun. Nor will the impression soon fade of Brigadier General J. Lawton Collins Jr., modelling, at the behest of a guide in the National Historic Sites service, the uniform of a soldier in the Compagnie Franche de la Marine.
If the arrangements for such events were successful, it was because a number of dedicated and enthusiastic people did a great deal of work, and be- cause others offered us so much co-operation. Besides those whose assistance has already been acknowledged, we are profoundly grateful to General Jacques Dextraze, CBE, CMM, DSO, CD, who first approved the proposal to hold this colloquy in Ottawa. Admiral R.H. Falls, CMM, CD, who became Chief of the Defence Staff in 1977, has also given us his wholehearted support. Other indi- viduals in the Canadian Armed Forces, who perforce remain anonymous, de-