The Geoffrey Brooks Memorial Essay Competition2019-03-19T19:17:46+00:00

The 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 CAF/DND military and civilian personnel and, all students attending post-secondary educational institutes.

Topic

Write on any topic of military history or specific military interest that pertains to The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.

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 The title and page of any published or unpublished work to which reference has been made, or from which extracts have been taken, must be quoted and footnoted.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 noon on 30 November for each year.

The winner will be announced by 1 March of the following year.

$1000.00 in prizes will be awarded. (1st Prize -$500; 2nd Prize -$300; and 3rd Prize – $200)

Submission to RHQ

The essay will be emailed to RHQ RCA.  From there, RHQ will forward the essay (only) to the judging committee.  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.

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 they 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 to 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.

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

No prize awarded.

2010

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Honourable Mention

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