I’ve been utterly fascinated with military history for as long as I can remember. My mother figured out the extent of my passion for history when I was in grade school and she became angry with me for watching WWII documentaries that were far too violent for my young age. When I was in university, if I wasn’t in class, my friends knew they could usually find me doing one of two things. I would be either watching reruns of those documentaries, or I would be in the library, finding more books to read. In fact, one summer I even ended up reading through my university library’s entire ancient military history section for, you know, a little light reading

Nobody in my life was shocked when I completed a bachelor’s degree in history, followed quickly by a Master’s in Military and Strategic Studies, where I came across Hans Delbrück. His argument about checking sources for real world possibility is one that I still remember to this day.

I was always proud of my ability to memorize facts and be able to pull them forth in both class and casual conversation. However, one of my professors took me aside and explained to me that a good degree was not about memorizing facts. It was about knowing where to find the facts, and how to research and present the material. As I sat there, I remember asking myself some questions.

But what if we can’t get at that material?
• What if it’s buried in a government archive and no one has access to it?
• How would we know if it actually exists and is in an archive somewhere?
Something else I picked up from my university days was the idea of interconnectedness. The reason why we are here, living in this great country, with the excellent institutions and government we have, is because of our history. This may be because I live in a province whose white settlers started arriving less than 200 years ago, and I knew there was a whole history behind this; something I’ve always been conscious of.
I’ve touched buildings in London and Paris that were built 500 years before that. It’s difficult to lose a history built in stone but, it’s easy to lose one in memory.
From this realization, Lammi Publishing was born. My name is Jeremy Lammi and I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about our mission and explain why I think it is so very important.
We are dedicated to publishing Canadian military history from the wars before the confederation to the mission in Afghanistan. We want to ensure that all of the facts and memories of these wars, along with the veterans’ stories, are not lost and that they can be used and shared so that we all learn and remember where we came from, thus allowing us to find direction in our own lives.
Our mission is also to have this history readily available for the average person to have access to when they want or need it.
The best place to get the facts of the wars is with the veterans themselves; however, we are running out of time. Sadly, we are at the point where our veterans from the First World War are gone and we are rapidly losing those from the second. Next will be Korea and Vietnam. In my lifetime, the Cold War memories will fade away. We have this last chance to make sure that all of these amazing stories are remembered for future generations to tap into.
Our mission at Lammi Publishing is to do just that.
We are bringing little-known classics back into print.
• We are working with veterans to tell their stories.