Author: Mark Zuehlke

Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Channel Port Battles

Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Channel Port Battles

Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Channel Port Battles They thought of themselves as the “Cinderella Army,” and international correspondents agreed. This was because First Canadian Army had been relegated to the left flank of the Allied advance toward Germany from the Normandy beaches and given the tough, thankless task of opening the Channel ports from Le Havre to Ostend in Belgium. Then suddenly in early September 1944, securing these ports became an Allied priority, as this would allow Field Marshal Montgomery to drive to the Rhine with Operation Market Garden and win the war before Christmas. Given...

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Excerpt From Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Channel Port Battles

Excerpt From Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Channel Port Battles

Excerpt From Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Channel Port Battles All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Introduction: No Time Could Be Wasted In three days, the hell of war was to engulf the old French port of Boulogne. Just as its German garrison was instructed to defend Boulogne to the last bullet and breath, Allied high command had made its capture and opening to shipping a matter of the highest priority. As First Canadian Army advanced out of Normandy on the left flank of...

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Scoundrels, Dreamers & Second Sons

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 &...

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Excerpt From Through Blood and Sweat

Excerpt From Through Blood and Sweat All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. 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 each cluster. Approaching one of the clusters, I read the name Major John Henry William Pope and claim it for the roll call. When I call out his name, it is impossible not to tear up. Major Billy Pope was the second-in-command of the Royal Canadian Regiment and a best friend of then captain Strome Galloway. Early on in researching and writing the Canadian Battle Series, I interviewed Strome at his Ottawa home. A friendship was kindled that ended only with his death at eighty-eight years on August 11, 2004. Many times, our conversation came around to Billy Pope and the circumstances of his death. Pope was a roguish officer, the kind that was popular with compatriots. As Strome described him in his book Some Died at Ortona, Pope had a “close-cropped head, round as a cannon ball, with china-white teeth under a Zorro moustache.” As the Canadians sailed from Britain to Sicily, he...

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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: 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 Canadians walked this route to honour the nation’s soldiers who fought in Sicily seventy years earlier and whose sacrifice has been largely forgotten. Under a searing sun, with Mount Etna soaring high in the distance, a small contingent of marchers trekked for 15 to 35 kilometres each day along winding country roads between one village and the next....

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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.