Colin Garnett


University of New South Wales, Canberra at Australian Defence Force Academy


Dr. Jeffrey Grey

Academic Interests:

- Infantry combat doctrines and soldiers’ experiences in the Great War.
- Minor infantry combat operations.
- Military history: general development of warfare from ancient times to modern conflict.
- History of Science and Technology as applied to warfare.
- Naval warfare in early modern to modern conflict.
- Command and control in warfare.


Not So Minor Operations: Imperial Trench Raiding during the Great War

Bio Note:

Colin Garnett is a doctoral candidate in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Canberra, who is currently working on a study of trench raiding by Imperial troops on the Western Front. His dissertation specifically examines the tactical, strategic, and psychological implications of Imperial trench raiding during the Great War. Trench raiding underwent three major evolutionary phases, transitioning from small, improvised affairs, to major undertakings that mirrored set-piece battles. Within this evolutionary process, trench raids served as the laboratory where the armies honed their tactical doctrine and experimented with new weapon systems. Trench raiding was fundamental to the development of combined arms tactics that emerged later in the war, and formed a basis by which the Imperial troops underwent a “learning curve” in the art of the attack. Colin is Canadian-born and has a BA and an MA from Carleton University, Ottawa. His thesis, Butcher and Bolt: Canadian Trench Raiding during the Great War, was completed under the tutelage of Dr. Tim Cook and featured the first comprehensive academic study of Canadian minor operations. His article “The Art of Minor Operations: Canadian Trench Raiding, 1915-1918” is featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Canadian Military History Journal.

Added March 2016