Capt Arthur Gullachsen

Capt Arthur Gullachsen
M - 334
(613) 541-6000 ext. 8404

College Address

Royal Military College of Canada
PO Box 17000, Station Forces
Kingston, Ontario, CANADA
K7K 7B4

Captain Arthur W. Gullachsen graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Master’s Degree in History in 2005. After joining the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in late 2006, he was posted to CFB Gagetown’s The 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment in late 2008. This was followed by a posting in 2010 to a staff position at the Combat Training Centre (CTC) Headquarters and then to the CTC Infantry School in 2012. Captain Gullachsen was then selected for the Post Graduate Training list and gained acceptance into the PhD Program in History at Western University in London, Ontario in mid-2013.  Graduating in mid-2016, he was then posted as Military Faculty to the Royal Military College of Canada.  A Second World War specialist, Captain Gullachsen’s areas of expertise include the study of the replacement of equipment and personnel losses as well as German armoured forces during the late war period.  He is also acts as an instructor on the RMC Battlefield Tour. 

University Degrees

PhD, Canadian Military History, University of Western Ontario. October 2016.
  • PhD Dissertation title: An Army of Never Ending Strength: The Reinforcement and Re-equipment of the Canadian Army's Combat Arms Regiments in North West Europe 1944-1945.
Master of Arts, Canadian Military History, University of New Brunswick. April 2005.
  • MA Thesis Title: The Defeat and Attrition of the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend, A Case Study: June 6th-July 12th, 1944.
Bachelor of Arts, Advanced, History, University of Manitoba.  April 1997.

Research Interests

  • Second World War German armoured forces
  • Second World War Canadian Army
  • Second World War combat casualties and reinforcements
  • The Normandy Campaign 1944

Courses Taught

  • HIE 446 – The Third Reich at War, 1939-1945
  • HIE 207 – History of Canada
  • HIE 271 – Introduction to Military History and Thought
  • HIE 203 – Introduction to Canadian Military History
  • HIE 342 – The Second World War
  • HIE 289 – The Impact of Science and Technology on society and the Environment

Current Research / Research Grant Proposal 


Assistant Professor-Royal Military College of Canada, RMC History Department. Due to the recent award of a Canadian Defence Academy Research Project (CDARP) Research Award, I will be carrying out research at Libraries and Archives Canada in Ottawa, Ontario and the BA-Miltar military archives in Frieburg, Germany during 2019-2022.  The funding will allow me to conduct research for an upcoming book project “General Guy Simonds and the Battle of Verrieres Ridge: July 1944”.

Academic Grants, Bursaries and Awards 


March 2019 CDARP Research Award

Jan 2019 RMC SSHRC Departmental Award Grant


  • Gullachsen, A.W. “The Battle of Bretteville” Chapter 9 in the June 2019 upcoming “The Last 100 yards: The Crucible of Close Combat in Large-Scale Combat Operations” book to be published by the U.S. Army University Press.
  • Gullachsen, A.W.  "Never short of tanks!!: The Canadian Army’s system for the recovery, repair and replacement of A and B vehicles and major weapons systems in North West Europe 1944-1945".  This article was published online in the January 2018 online issue of Canadian Military History Journal.
  • Gullachsen, A.W.  "Destroying the Panthers: The effect of Allied combat action on I./SS-Panzer Regiment 12 in Normandy, 1944".  This article was published online in the November 2016 online issue of Canadian Military History Journal.

Symposium Presentations:   

  • “The Battle of Bretteville Re-investigated: The Assault of Kampfgruppe Meyer/Wunsche on the Regina Rifle Regiment, Bretteville-l’Orgueilleuse, France, 8/9 June 1944”.  Presentation to the 2019 Laurier Military History Colloquium.
  • Gullachsen, AW.  “We are under attack by Panzers!!” The role of III./SS Panzer Grenadier Regiment  26 in the Battle of Putot-en-Bessin 8 June 1944.  Presentation to the 2018 Laurier Military History Colloquium.
  • Gullachsen, AW.  Strengths and Weakness of the German land forces in the last year of the war, 1944-1945.  Presentation to the 2017 Laurier Military History Colloquium.
  • Gullachsen, AW.  Never Short of Tanks!!: The Canadian Army’s system for the Recovery, Repair and Replacement of A and B Vehicles and Major Weapons Systems in North West Europe 1944-1945.  Presentation to the 2016 Laurier Military History Colloquium.
  • Gullachsen, A.W.  Destroying the Panthers: The Effect of Allied Combat  Action on I./SS-Panzer Regiment 12 in Normandy, 1944.  Presentation to the 2015 Laurier Military History Colloquium.
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