The Colonel Geoffrey Brooks Memorial Essay Competition2021-06-15T11:34:47-04:00

The Colonel Geoffrey Brooks Memorial Essay Competition

Introduction

Colonel E.G. Brooks was an accomplished officer of The Royal Regiment who was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his actions as a Major in 6th Field Regiment RCA on 26 February 1945 during Operation BLOCKBUSTER when, the Commanding Officer of his supported battalion, the Cameron Highlanders, having been killed by a sniper, he took command and controlled the operations of the forward companies until the arrival of the battalion second-in-command.  Returning to his OP, he directed the fire of his own guns and those of the rest of the divisional artillery in fighting off five separate counter-attacks, to such good effect that not one of these reached the objectives gained by the Camerons.  Colonel Brooks commanded 2nd Regiment RCHA in Korea and was a member of the mounted escort to the sovereign at the Coronation in 1953.  He went on to serve as Director of Artillery from 1960-63.  He died in 1964.  The stained glass window illustrated to the left of this page was installed in his memory at the Royal Military College where he had served as Staff Adjutant from 1948-50.

Eligibility

The contest is open to all serving and retired military personnel and students attending post-secondary educational institutes.  Additionally, the essay contest running from 1 July 2021 to 1 April 2022 is mandatory for junior officers and Assistant Instructor-in-Gunnery students and highly encouraged/discretionary for Warrant Officers and Master Warrent Officers.

Topic

The topics for this year’s contest are:

1)  With 50% of RCA Battterys being STA discipline, is it time to conduct an azimuth change in relation to training, manning and organisation of The RCA?

2)  The RCA is struggling for numbers across all ranks. What innovative methods could be investigated to attract, train and retain members?

3)  How can the Artillery operate in the adaptive dispersed operational environment (can focus on a specific discipline) and continue to maintain relevance?

4)  “Stop fighting the last conflict”, how does The RCA retool for a return to large scale combat operations?

Rules

Essay entries should be between 2,000 to 3,000 words in length. The title and page of any published or unpublished work to which reference has been made, or from which extracts have been taken, must be quoted and footnoted.

Entries must be submitted electronically in MS Word format. Authorship of entries must be strictly anonymous.  Each competitor will adopt a motto or nom de plume, which will be quoted at the top of the essay and will be the only name to appear on the essay.  To further safeguard anonymity, authors will insert their nickname in the “Author” block under “Properties” on MS Word.

Entries must reach RHQ RCA by 1 April 2022.  TBD when the winner will be announced.

$1800.00 in prizes will be awarded. (1st Prize -$1000; 2nd Prize -$500; and 3rd Prize -$300)

Submission to RHQ

The essay will be emailed to RHQ RCA at rcarhq@gmail.com. The subject line will be “Entry – Geoffrey Brooks Essay Competition”.  The email will include the essay as an attachment and within the text of the email the author will include his/her service number (if applicable), rank, name and address, which will remain with RHQ for administrative purposes.  RHQ will forward the essay to the judging committee.

Judging

RHQ RCA will arrange for a committee to judge the entries.  The decisions of this committee will be final. Results will be made known in the next issue of the Canadian Gunner News and recorded on this website.  All who submitted essays will be contacted by letter.

RHQ RCA cannot be held responsible for the loss or return of any essay submitted; nor shall it incur any liability whatsoever in connection with the receipt, dealings, judging and reports of essays.

The copyright of any essay submitted will remain with the author; however, submission of a paper to the competition gives The RCA permission to publish said document as RHQ RCA sees fit and retain a copy in The RCA Museum library and archives.

Past Entries

Reproduction or distribution in whole or part of any of The Geoffrey Brooks Memorial Essays posted here without the express written consent of their author is strictly forbidden.

2020

First Place

Second Place

  • “Innovation and Adaptation: How British and Canadian artilleries rose to meet the demands of the First World War” By Second-Lieutenant Jonas Bystorm, 20th Field Artillery Regiment RCA

Third Place

2019

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

No prize was awarded this year.

2018

First Place

Second Place

  • Khyber Pass  By Warrant Officer Sebastian Normand, The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School

Third Place

2017

First Place

  • Panzermeyer Attacks!  By Captain Nicholas Kaempffer, The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery School

Second Place

Third Place

  • Ubique, Always  By Captain Ioana Stoica, 4th Artillery Regiment (General Support) RCA

2016

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

2015

No prize awarded.

2014

First Place

2013

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

2012

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Honourable Mention

2011

First Place

2010

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Honourable Mention

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