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...

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...

Excerpt From On To Victory

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...

Excerpt From The Gallant Cause

Prologue: The Bittersweet Farewell The 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...

Excerpt From For Honour’s Sake

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...

Excerpt From Scoundrels, Dreamers & Second Sons

Preface There is a legend about the British remittance men—perhaps true, perhaps apocryphal. The setting is British Columbia's Okanagan valley and the time is 1914. Across the valley's dry golden hillsides, overlooking the pristine blue lakes of the valley floor and...

Holding Juno

Holding Juno As June 6, 1944 passed into history, the Allied battle to hold onto the French soil won on D-Day began. Six miles inland from Juno Beach, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division had advanced, at great cost in lives, farther than any other Allied division. But an...

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