Scarlet to Green is a history of intelligence in the Canadian Army from 1903 to 1963. It has been republished in it’s second edition, and is now available for purchase! Get your Apple iBook and Google Play formats for just $13.99. (Amazon Kindle is coming soon.)

“Scarlet to Green was a remarkable work of research and writing for its time…. Major Elliot’s work has not been superseded by any study equal in scope and depth. It stands as a tribute to the founders and practitioners of the military intelligence craft in its first sixty years in the Canadian Army, and remains a major contribution to the study of intelligence in Canada.”

From New Foreword by Dr David A. Charters, Professor of Military History (retd) and Senior Fellow at The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, University of New Brunswick

Lt.-Col. Victor Brereton Rivers, R.C.A., the first Intelligence Staff Officer (I.S.O.) appointed in 1901. A member of the “Old Eighteen”, the first class of cadets that entered R.M.C. in 1876, Lt.-Col. Rivers is young 2.Lieut. in this photo, which was likely taken sometime shortly after graduation. A career soldier and veteran of the battles of Fish Creek and Batoche, his work as I.S.O. culminated in the authority which created the Corps of Guides in the Canadian Army, General Order 61 of April 1st, 1903. (Photo courtesy of the Royal Military College of Canada Museum)


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About the Book

Scarlet to Green details the ‘boom and bust’ cycles of the Canadian Army’s intelligence organization from its inception in 1903 to 1963, the eve of the Integration of the Canadian Armed Forces. The book analyzes the role of intelligence in Canadian Army operations in World Wars I and II, and the Korean War, as well as its activities in Canada. The influence of intelligence on operational decision-making, the development of new intelligence collection techniques, and the challenges of countering enemy espionage and subversion are some of the enduring aspects of military intelligence explored. Elliot draws particular attention to the imperatives for having a highly capable and professional military intelligence organisation and staff, and shows the challenges when the situation is otherwise, in both peace and war.

About the Author

Major Stuart Robert (Bob) Elliot (1922-2015) enlisted in the Royal Canadian Artillery in 1942 before later transferring to the Canadian Intelligence Corps. After completing Japanese language training, he deployed to South East Asia Command and served in India, Malaya and Java (Indonesia). After obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in 1948, he joined the Defence Research Board and then, in 1952, took a commission as an Intelligence Officer in the Canadian Intelligence Corps, where he spent the remaining 20 years of military career. Most of his subsequent career was with the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, where he was responsible for the Military Balanceas the Institute’s Information Officer, a position from which he retired in 1987.  Major Elliot undertook Scarlet to Greenas a labour of love in support of the Canadian Military Intelligence Association’s History Project, and spent more than 15 years of intensive research and writing to see it through to completion and its first publication in 1981.

Book Reviews & Testimonials

“… a pioneering work in an almost neglected field.”

From New Foreword by Dr David A. Charters, Professor of Military History (retd) and Senior Fellow at The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society, University of New Brunswick

Scarlet to Greenwill find a respected place in many military libraries around the world, particularly those serving intelligence agencies….It remains now for an American to set forward with a comparable chronicle of the U.S. Army intelligence.” 

Major-General Edward B. Arkeson, National Intelligence Officer for General Purposes Forces, Central Intelligence Agency, Army, November 1982

“This history will unquestionably become the standard account of Canadian military intelligence up to the era of 1960’s unification. It should serve to spur specialist studies and further materially help to educate historians and the public as to the realities of intelligence.”

John Gilinsky, Journal of the Society for Army Historical Research, vol 61 no. 245 (1983): 53.

“Certainly one of the better and more useful histories sponsored by associations and a credit to its author and sponsors.” 

R.H. Military Affairs, vol 51 no. 1 (1987): 39

Book Details

This 666-page book contains over 70 photos, 23 maps and is fully indexed.