His books have won five Crystal Awards from the University of Lethbridge and a Saskatchewan Book Award. Passchendaele - Canada’s Triumph and Tragedy on the Fields of Flanders was nominated for a 2009 Governor General’s Award. He was also the historian on a number of movies and documentaries including: “Passchendaele” – the WW1 Epic produced by Canadian Paul Gross and filmed in Calgary. Norman worked with all departments, was a special skills extra and an active media spokesperson for the movie. 

His documentary credits include “The Road to Passchendaele” which aired on Global, “The Mad Trapper of Rat River” on Discovery and “Hitler’s Stealth Fighter” – a National Geographic documentary.


His documentary credits include “The Road to Passchendaele” which aired on Global, “The Mad Trapper of Rat River” on Discovery and “Hitler’s Stealth Fighter” – a National Geographic documentary.


Norman is a well-known militaria and military art collector. At the Military Museums in Calgary he serves on the Museum’s Art Gallery Advisory Council and delivers the Museum’s educational program on the Evolution of Peacekeeping and the War of 1812. He
is in constant demand to speak at schools and historical societies across Canada as he brings history to life in his speeches and presentations.



Norman Leach - Researcher/Editor

Historian, award winning freelance writer, professional speaker and adventurer with a degree in Political Science and History from the University of Manitoba, Canada.


The best selling author of seven books on Military History: Cavalry of the Air, Sam Steele, Canadian Battles, Passchendaele - Canada's Triumph and Tragedy on the fields of Flanders, Broken Arrow - America;s First Lost Nuke, Canadian Peacekeepers and Great Canadian Heroes.  Norman is also a regular contributor to a number of other military and historical journals.  


AFGHANISTAN MEMORIALS - When the first four Canadian soldiers were killed by friendly fire, McLeod felt a need to commemorate their passing in a significant way.  Until this happened, the DND had not even considered how to best deal with the eventuality of casualties of war.  Armed with the knowledge of how to design and work with laser engraved granite, McLeod produced the initial plaque and sent it to Kabul. When the camp was relocated to KAF, a new cenotaph was built and AFPP-International continued to supply the memorial tablets.

COMMANDER’S COINS – AFGHANISTAN - Over the course of Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan, McLeod created and supplied a the majority of the commanders coins, award medallions and challenge coins. Of note, this will be the focus of McLeod's next book - a catalog containing pictures and origins of several hundred coins.  If you have presented coins or received a coin for an auspicious act or occasion, we would like to hear about it!

About Us….

Rod A. McLeod - Editor/Designer 

Rod is a creative/graphic artist with military leanings.  He has been part of military culture, both in and out of uniform, for most of his 67 years and pretty much knows the difference between a CSM and a C-7.


AFPP- Recognizing a need to bolster esprit-de-corps within the ranks of the CF, in 1988, McLeod established an initiative known as the Armed Forces Pride Program (eventually upgraded to AFPP-International).  From 1988 to 1997, McLeod created over 1,150 unit specific graphic designs for Canadian regiments, squadrons and ships of the CF.   In 1997, he left the screen printing business and launched into a new career in computer generated graphics.