Month: October 2015

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 Scheldt estuary near Antwerp. This sixty-mile waterway linking Europe’s greatest port to the North Sea was crucial to support the vast Allied armies rolling toward Germany. The advance was grinding to a halt for want of supplies. Told to open Antwerp at any cost, First Canadian Army slammed hard against heavily entrenched German forces ordered to die in place....

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The Vancouver Island South Explorer

The Vancouver Island South Explorer: The Outdoor Guide Discover the unlimited opportunities for venturing by foot, bike, canoe, or kayak into the diversified and spectacular landscape of southern Vancouver Island. Mark Zuehlke shares a wealth of information in this guide to access and routes, equipment and facilities, flora and fauna, local lore, and much more. Published by Whitecap Books, 1994: 211 pages. Reviews: Victoria Times Colonist A must-have for everyone fascinated with the outdoors and eager to safely experience the scenic diversity located in and around Greater...

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Excerpt From On To Victory

Excerpt From On To Victory All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Chapter Twenty-One: Large-Scale Street Fighting Increasingly, it was impossible for First Canadian Army to predict the intensity of opposition its divisions would meet from the Germans. On April 13, when 2nd Canadian Infantry Division gained the outskirts of Groningen, expectation had been that the city’s liberation would be easily won. In the late afternoon, 4th Brigade’s headquarters staff had confidently predicted that the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Rileys) and supporting Fort Garry Horse squadron were...

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Excerpt From The Gallant Cause

Excerpt From The Gallant Cause All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Prologue: The Bittersweet FarewellThe Canadians walked on flowers. It seemed every man, woman, and child in the crowd past which the Canadian volunteers of the XVth International Brigade marched had a limitless supply of flowers to cast forth. Like a soft snow of brilliant reds, whites, pinks, and yellows, flowers showered down upon their shoulders and berets, dribbled redolently down their tattered uniforms, fell away to deepen the blossomy carpet beneath their worn and broken...

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Excerpt From For Honour’s Sake

Excerpt From /*TITLE GOES HERE*/ All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Introduction: To Meet With Frankness and Conciliation In August, 1814, eight men came to the ancient Flemish city of Ghent to negotiate the end of a war being fought on a far away continent. They numbered three Britons and five Americans, for these were the two belligerent nations. The conflict had started on June 18, 1812 when President James Madison signed a war proclamation against Great Britain. Two years later, neither side could claim that...

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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.