Scoundrels, Dreamers & Second Sons: British Remittance Men in the Canadian West Between 1880 and 1914, thousands of British remittance men came to the Canadian West, urged overseas by a rapidly changing British society. In a land of cowboys and loggers, their attempts to recreate the aura of landed gentility were sometimes misunderstood-and often ridiculed. Many Canadians thought steeplechase tracks, easels, tennis, and “taking ease” were futile pursuits for a group of otherwise pleasant and well-educated men. What some saw as a chase after failed dreams, a lack of family ties, and a refusal to ever settle down to serious work, remittance men knew as the very things that made their lives worth living. With a hint of nostalgia for the pre-war era that harboured these colourful outcasts of a diminishing empire, Mark Zuehlke fondly recounts the often humourous and sometimes dismal efforts of “good breeding” in Canada’s West. Published by Harbour Publishing, 2016: 231 pages. Read more…. Reviews: Vancouver Sun July 1, 2016 Review The re-issue of this charming book is timely. It will make an entertaining summer read, especially for readers who live in some of the communities across the west where the remittance men had their brief turn on the Canadian stage. The prose is consistently competent and amusing, and occasionally moving. Victoria Times Colonist Well-researched and written in a comfortable, easy-reading style, Scoundrels, Dreamers &...Read More
Author: Mark Zuehlke
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, which had proven a tenacious and ruthless foe during the June 7–12 fighting. All SS divisions were fierce and fanatical, but the 12th SS was uniquely comprised almost entirely of teenaged soldiers commanded by older, veteran officers and NCOs. The youths had been indoctrinated to believe they were Aryan “supermen.” The 12th SS was commanded...Read More
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 four company commanders tossed coins to decide who would have the honor. The Dalton brothers won. They would each have the honor of leading the chage. But likely one or both would die. Majors Charles and Elliott Dalton were both brothers and close friends. Charles, commander of ‘B’ Company, was six...Read More
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 them, for there had been no time for any reconnaissance. Advancing in the dark, they could see neither the German trench nor any sign of enemy troops. All the leading Canadian Scottish could see were the shadowy forms of the 10 th Battalion men ahead of them. Each company had two platoons ahead of the other two...Read More
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 through miles of rugged mountains. At one end stood the formidable Monte Cassino, at the other, Rome. In May 1944, I Canadian Corps drove up this valley toward the Italian capital, facing the infamous “Hitler Line” a bastion of concrete bunkers fronted by wide swaths of tangled barbed wire, minefields,...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.
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.