Juno Beach

Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory: June 6, 1944 By dawn of June 6, 1944, the rough seas facing three small resort towns in Normandy bristled with an immense armada. More than 6,500 ships prepared to disembark Allied troops in a do-or-die effort: D-Day. The 14,500...

Through Blood and Sweat: A Remembrance Trek Across Sicily’s World War II Battlegrounds

Through Blood and Sweat: A Remembrance Trek Across Sicily's World War II Battlegrounds Through Blood and Sweat takes readers on a memorable, thought-provoking march in the footsteps of 1st Canadian Infantry Division in 1943. During Operation Husky 2013, a group of...

Breakout from Juno

Breakout from Juno: First Canadian Army and the Normandy Campaign, July 4–August 21, 1944 With its trademark “you are there” style, Mark Zuehlke’s ninth book in the best-selling Canadian Battle Series graphically describes First Canadian Army’s bitter and costly...

For Honour’s Sake

For Honour's Sake In August 1814, eight men gathered in the ancient Flemish city of Ghent. Their desperate mission was to end a tragic war between Great Britain and the United States that was now more than two years old. It was a war that had gone badly for both...

Terrible Victory

Terrible Victory: First Canadian Army and the Scheldt Estuary Campaign, September 13–November 6, 1944 On September 13, 1944, First Canadian Army’s most horrific battle of World War II began, in the mud-soaked Belgian and Dutch lowland country bordering the West...

The Gallant Cause

The Gallant Cause In ragged uniforms, with obsolete equipment, hundreds of Canadians fought to the death against a massive army equipped by Hitler and Mussolini. The Gallant Cause chronicles the role Canadian volunteers played as members of the International Brigade...

Tragedy At Dieppe

Tragedy at Dieppe: Operation Jubilee, August 19, 1942 On August 19, 1942, 5,000 Canadian troops stormed the beaches of Dieppe, France, in the largest Allied raid launched until then against German-occupied Europe. By raid’s end, 907 Canadians were dead or mortally...

Operation Husky

Operation Husky: The Canadian Invasion of Sicily, July 10–August 7, 1943 Neither the British nor the Americans sought Canada’s involvement in invading Sicily. It was public clamouring at home and backroom politics by generals overseas that pushed Prime Minister...

Brave Battalion

Brave Battalion This is the story of the average Canadian who volunteered for the Canadian Expeditionary Force told through the lens of one battalion—the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division. This Highland Regiment fought in the...

On To Victory

On To Victory: The Canadian Liberation of the Netherlands, March 23-May 5, 1945 March 23, 1945. Tens of thousands of Allied troops, following on the heels of a massive artillery barrage, lunge across the Rhine River aboard amphibious craft, while even more land from...

Ortona

Ortona: Canada's Epic World War II Battle In one blood-soaked, furious week of fighting, from December 20 to December 27, 1943, the 1st Canadian Infantry Division took Ortona, Italy, from elite German paratroopers ordered to hold the medieval port town at all costs....

The Liri Valley

The Liri Valley: Canada's World War II Breakthrough to Rome For the Allied armies fighting their way up the Italian boot in early 1944, Rome was the prize that could be won through one of the greatest offensives of the war. The Liri Valley was a long, flat corridor...

Holding Juno

Holding Juno As June 6, 1944 passed into history, the Allied battle to hold onto the French soil won on D-Day began. Six miles inland from Juno Beach, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division had advanced, at great cost in lives, farther than any other Allied division. But an...

Forgotten Victory

Forgotten Victory: First Canadian Army and the Cruel Winter of 1944–45. During the winter of 1944–45, the western Allies desperately sought a strategy that would lead to Germany’s quick defeat. From the Swiss border to the North Sea hundreds of thousands of soldiers...

The Gothic Line

The Gothic Line: Canada's Month of Hell in World War II Italy In this third volume of his critically acclaimed trilogy tracing Canada's involvement in World War II's Italian campaign, Mark Zuehlke vividly recounts the Battle of the Gothic Line. The line was meant to...

The Canadian Military Atlas

The Canadian Military Atlas The visual story of Canada's distinguished fighting record told in detailed maps and succinct text, from two masters of their craft. Canadian soldiers have long offered the greatest sacrifices with tremendous skill and courage. Now, in one...

Through Blood and Sweat Released

"We should not need [monuments] to picture a past battlefield and the horrors endured there. But their presence definitely helps to focus the mind, reinforce the solemnity of emotion that is so inherent in the act of remembrance." Through Blood and Sweat takes readers...

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2014 Winner of the Pierre Berton Award

Proud to have won the 2014 Governor General's History Award for Popular Media, The Pierre Berton Award. Great honour to receive the award personally from the Governor General David Johnston at Rideau Hall, Ottawa. Article From...

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Windsor Star Article By Gord Henderson

Seventy years ago Saturday, millions of Canadians were hovering around radios waiting anxiously for news from a small, little-known port city on Italy’s Adriatic Coast. For my late mum and Lord knows how many of her generation, the word Ortona, given its heartbreaking...

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Breakout from Juno Media

Breakout from Juno is attracting extensive media coverage. Here are some links to where excerpts and reviews have been published. Rocky Mountain Outlook review   McNally Robinson selects Breakout as Book of the Day on Remembrance Day, 2011   The National Post excerpt...

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Books In The Works

Number Four in the Elias McCann Series. Title: TBA. Mystery: Still a secret. Publication date: TBA. The Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Channel Port Battles In late August 1944 the Allies broke out of the Normandy beachhead and hopes ran high the war...

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Douglas and McIntyre Interview

The Dieppe raid was the first major action the Canadian Army fought in Europe during World War II. Yet Tragedy at Dieppe is the tenth volume in your Canadian Battle Series. Why so long getting to this story? I first started writing about the role Canada’s army played...

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The Liri Valley

The Liri Valley

The Liri Valley: Canada's World War II Breakthrough to Rome For the Allied armies fighting their way up the Italian boot in early 1944, Rome was the prize that could be won through one of the greatest offensives of the war. The Liri Valley was a long, flat corridor...

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Tragedy At Dieppe

Tragedy At Dieppe

Tragedy at Dieppe: Operation Jubilee, August 19, 1942 On August 19, 1942, 5,000 Canadian troops stormed the beaches of Dieppe, France, in the largest Allied raid launched until then against German-occupied Europe. By raid’s end, 907 Canadians were dead or mortally...

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Breakout from Juno

Breakout from Juno

Breakout from Juno: First Canadian Army and the Normandy Campaign, July 4–August 21, 1944 With its trademark “you are there” style, Mark Zuehlke’s ninth book in the best-selling Canadian Battle Series graphically describes First Canadian Army’s bitter and costly...

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Operation Husky

Operation Husky

Operation Husky: The Canadian Invasion of Sicily, July 10–August 7, 1943 Neither the British nor the Americans sought Canada’s involvement in invading Sicily. It was public clamouring at home and backroom politics by generals overseas that pushed Prime Minister...

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The Gothic Line

The Gothic Line

The Gothic Line: Canada's Month of Hell in World War II Italy In this third volume of his critically acclaimed trilogy tracing Canada's involvement in World War II's Italian campaign, Mark Zuehlke vividly recounts the Battle of the Gothic Line. The line was meant to...

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Through Blood and Sweat Excerpt

From the museum, a group of us travel in several cars to the junction of the main highway and the road to Valguarnera, where fifteen markers have been planted. They have been set out in three groups of five. The dozen or so people present conduct a short ceremony at...

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Excerpt from Breakout From Juno

Excerpt from Breakout From Juno All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Chapter 1: Little Short of Hell Both Carpiquet airfield and village were held by the 12th SS (Hitlerjugend) Panzer Division,...

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Excerpt From Assault On Juno

Excerpt From Assault On Juno All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Chapter TwoA coin toss decided it. Two of the four Queen's Own Rifles companies would be part of the assault on Juno Beach. The...

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Excerpt From Brave Battalion

Excerpt From Brave Battalion All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Chapter Three: Baptism—April 22–May 4, 1915 The Canadians knew nothing about the strength or composition of enemy forces facing...

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Excerpt From Carry Tiger To Mountain

Excerpt From Carry Tiger To Mountain All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. PrologueThere was no warning. One moment the old freighter cruised on a gentle sea toward a narrow, rocky shoreline backed...

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Excerpt From Ortona

Excerpt From Ortona All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Chapter 26: They Always Mess Things Up A bold dash. Another madman's gamble. Major Jim Stone believed he knew how to smash through 1st...

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About the Author


Mark Zuehlke is an award-winning author generally considered to be Canada’s foremost popular military historian. His Canadian Battle Series is the most exhaustive recounting of the battles and campaigns fought by any nation during World War II to have been written by a single author.
In recognition of his contribution to popularizing Canadian history, Mark was awarded the 2014 Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media: The Pierre Berton Award. In 2007, his For Honour’s Sake: The War of 1812 and the Brokering of an Uneasy Peace won the Canadian Author’s Association Lela Common Award for Canadian History. The Canadian Battle Series Holding Juno captured the City of Victoria Butler Book Prize in 2006. Mark is also an award winning mystery writer, whose popular Elias McCann series has garnered much critical praise in Canada and abroad. Set in storm-swept west Vancouver Island village of Tofino, the series follows the reluctant community coroner Elias McCann. Hands Like Clouds, the debut in this series, won the Crime Writer’s of Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for the 2000 Best First Novel and the third instalment, Sweep Lotus, was nominated for the 2004 Arthur Ellis Best Novel. When not writing, this Victoria, British Columbia resident can often be found tinkering around the Fernwood heritage house he shares with partner and fellow writer Frances Backhouse. He enjoys hiking, backpacking, cycling, kayaking, travelling, and cooking.