Month: November 2015

The Yukon Fact Book

The Yukon Fact Book: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Yukon The Yukon has a history as wild as the wilderness it is still home to today. This selection from The Yukon Fact Book provides a nutshell history of the gold-rush era Mecca that drew men and women from all corners of the planet in the desperate quest for gold. Whitecap Books, 1998: 220 pages. Reviews:  Financial Book Review A treasure of information about a remote unpopulated space. Extremely helpful economic, demographic and cultural facts intertwined with folklore and...

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Excerpt from Juno Beach

Excerpt From Juno Beach All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Canada’s D-Day Victory: June 6, 1944 It was the silence. Major Lockhart Ross Fulton-Lochie to friends-knew intellectually that out there in the impenetrable blackness thousands of other ships surrounded the HMS Canterbury and all steered a precisely charted and timed course across the English Channel toward the coast of France. But he could neither see nor hear them. The only sounds were the gentle murmur of sea brushing past Canterbury’s hull, the throb of the ship...

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Excerpt from Tragedy at Dieppe

Excerpt from Tragedy at Dieppe All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Chapter 18: Murderous Crossfire “It is vital to the success of the operation as a whole that White and Red Beaches be in our hands with minimal delay,” Operation Jubilee’s military plan had asserted. The beach facing Dieppe was about a mile long. White Beach stretched a half mile from the western headland, with Red Beach then extending east to the harbour mouth. The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry was to capture White Beach, the Essex...

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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 Canadians among them were to take “Juno Beach,” a five-mile-long stretch protected by a seawall, barbed wire, underwater obstacles, hundreds of mines and heavily armed German forces inside concrete bunkers, fortified houses, and trenches. This book recreates this pivotal day of World War II, from planning through attack. Falling through a black night, praying...

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Assault On Juno

Assault On Juno Dawn, June 6, 1944. Off the Normandy coast 5,000 ships carry 131,000 Allied troops. This is D-Day, the long-awaited Allied invasion of German-occupied Europe. The Allies will storm five beaches. The Canadians will land on a five-mile stretch of sand code-named Juno Beach. They either break the German defences or die trying. Piling out of small, frail landing craft, they struggle through bullet-whipped water to gain the sand. And the bloody battle for Juno Beach begins. Read more…. Reviews:  CM A detailed and poignant account of a horrific event, is accurate and well researched. The...

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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.

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