“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 on a memorable, thought-provoking 300-kilometre march in the footsteps taken by the soldiers of 1st Canadian Infantry Division in 1943. As part of Operation Husky 2013, a group of Canadians walked this route to honour the memory of the nation’s soldiers who fought in Sicily seventy years earlier and whose sacrifice has been largely forgotten....Read More
Month: January 2016
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...Read More
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 association with bloody sacrifice in the Christmas season, would still bring Yuletide tears years later. Windsor Star columnist Gord Henderson is pictured in this file photo. Windsor Star columnist Gord Henderson It’s hard, seven decades on, to grasp how emotionally involved Canadians were with the struggles of their soldiers, sailors and airmen in the Second World War. They sobbed over the Christmas Day 1941 Canadian surrender in Hong Kong. The festive season bloodbath in Ortona two years later compounded the pain. A pregnant 25-year-old with a husband overseas, thankfully not in Italy, mum and two sisters who shared an Ottawa flat were mesmerized by battlefield reports from the CBC’s inimitable Matthew Halton….. Read more at The Windsor Star By Gord...Read More
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.