Mike Bechthold, PhD, is the Managing Director of the Juno Beach Centre and Production Coordinator of the Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Before this he was the Communications Director & Managing Editor, Canadian Military History, Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies.
He has led over 20 groups of students, academics, high school teachers, military officers and the general public on tours of the Canadian battlefields in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. Mike is also an accomplished cartographer. His work has been published in hundreds of books, journals, and magazines as well as being used in museum exhibits and online galleries.
Mike has written and contributed to many books and articles, including -
Flying to Victory: Raymond Collishaw and the Western Desert Campaign, 1940-41 (U. of Oklahoma Press, 2017), Canada and the Second World War with G. Hayes & M. Symes, eds., (WLU Press, 2012), Vimy Ridge: A Canadian Reassessment with Geoffrey Hayes & Andrew Iarocci, eds., (WLU Press, 2007), The Canadian Battlefields of Northern France: Dieppe and the Channel Ports with T. Copp, (LCMSDS Press, 2011), The Canadian Battlefields of Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany with T. Copp, (LCMSDS Press, 2011), The Canadian Battlefields in Normandy: A Visitor’s Guide with T. Copp, 3rd ed., (LCMSDS, 2008). The Canadian Battlefields of Northwest Europe, 1944-1945 with T. Copp, LCMSDS, 2005. “Culture and National Character on the Great War Battlefield: The Experience of the Australian, British and Canadian Armies during the Battle of Arras, 1917,” War & Society 32, no.2 (August 2013). “‘The Development of an Unbeatable Combination’: US Close Air Support in Normandy,” contained in Jeremy Black, ed. The Second World War, Volume II The German War 1943-1945 (Hampshire, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, May 2007). “‘One of the greatest moments in my life’: Lessons Learned on the Canadian Battle of Normandy Foundation Study Tour,” Defence Studies (UK), March 2005, pp.27-36., “A Question of Success: American Tactical Air Doctrine and Practice in North Africa, 1942-1943,” Journal of Military History, July 2004, pp.821-851.