Month: December 2015

Ortona Street Fight

Ortona Street Fight December 20, 1943. Two Canadian infantry battalions and a tank regiment stand poised on the outskirts of a small Italian port town. They expect to take Ortona quickly. But the German 1st Parachute Division has other ideas. Hitler has ordered the...

Breakout from Juno

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Excerpt From The Liri Valley

Chapter Seventeen: Those Were Fine Boys A thick haze hung over the Liri Valley as dawn broke on May 23. It was a cool morning with afternoon rain forecast. On the right flank of the Hitler Line, the men of 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade waited 200 yards behind the...

Carry Tiger To Moutain

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For Honour’s Sake

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Excerpt From Sweep Lotus

Chapter One During the dark hours of morning, dense fog laced with heavy threads of icy, wet drizzle crept in off the Pacific Ocean. Six hours later, with it closing on noon, the heavy weather showed not the slightest sign of lifting. I trudged across sludgy sand,...

Excerpt From Ortana Street Fight

Chapter One They had numbered about sixty at dawn. Now just seventeen still stood. The others had been killed or wounded. The survivors faced the hundred yards of open ground where the company had been butchered. Twice they had tried to cross it. Twice they had...

Excerpt From The Gothic Line

Chapter Fifteen - A Bitter Day In the re-entrant, the situation by mid-morning of August 31 was still chaotic, with the British Columbia Dragoons trying to group by squadrons in the midst of persistent heavy mortar and artillery fire. As Sergeant Eric Waldron of No. 4...

Operation Husky

Operation Husky: The Canadian Invasion of Sicily, July 10–August 7, 1943 Neither the British nor the Americans sought Canada’s involvement in invading Sicily. It was public clamouring at home and backroom politics by generals overseas that pushed Prime Minister...

The Alberta Fact Book

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Magazine Writing From the Boonies

Magazine Writing From the Boonies (Co-author Louise Donnelly) No matter where you live, this book explains everything you need to know to break into the challenging and profitable magazine market. Two experienced freelancers and writing instructors guide you through...

Brave Battalion

Brave Battalion This is the story of the average Canadian who volunteered for the Canadian Expeditionary Force told through the lens of one battalion—the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division. This Highland Regiment fought in the...
Ortona Street Fight

Ortona Street Fight

Ortona Street Fight December 20, 1943. Two Canadian infantry battalions and a tank regiment stand poised on the outskirts of a small Italian port town. They expect to take Ortona quickly. But the German 1st Parachute Division has other ideas. Hitler has ordered the...

Breakout from Juno

Breakout from Juno

Breakout from Juno: First Canadian Army and the Normandy Campaign, July 4–August 21, 1944 With its trademark “you are there” style, Mark Zuehlke’s ninth book in the best-selling Canadian Battle Series graphically describes First Canadian Army’s bitter and costly...

Excerpt From The Liri Valley

Excerpt From The Liri Valley

Chapter Seventeen: Those Were Fine Boys A thick haze hung over the Liri Valley as dawn broke on May 23. It was a cool morning with afternoon rain forecast. On the right flank of the Hitler Line, the men of 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade waited 200 yards behind the...

Carry Tiger To Moutain

Carry Tiger To Moutain

Carry Tiger to Mountain: An Elias McCann Mystery When a freighter smuggling illegal immigrants from Southeast Asia sinks offshore, Tofino coroner Elias McCann finds himself in the heart of another mystery. Among the survivors of the tragedy is a young girl, whom Elias...

For Honour’s Sake

For Honour’s Sake

For Honour's Sake In August 1814, eight men gathered in the ancient Flemish city of Ghent. Their desperate mission was to end a tragic war between Great Britain and the United States that was now more than two years old. It was a war that had gone badly for both...

Excerpt From Sweep Lotus

Excerpt From Sweep Lotus

Chapter One During the dark hours of morning, dense fog laced with heavy threads of icy, wet drizzle crept in off the Pacific Ocean. Six hours later, with it closing on noon, the heavy weather showed not the slightest sign of lifting. I trudged across sludgy sand,...

Excerpt From Ortana Street Fight

Excerpt From Ortana Street Fight

Chapter One They had numbered about sixty at dawn. Now just seventeen still stood. The others had been killed or wounded. The survivors faced the hundred yards of open ground where the company had been butchered. Twice they had tried to cross it. Twice they had...

Excerpt From The Gothic Line

Excerpt From The Gothic Line

Chapter Fifteen - A Bitter Day In the re-entrant, the situation by mid-morning of August 31 was still chaotic, with the British Columbia Dragoons trying to group by squadrons in the midst of persistent heavy mortar and artillery fire. As Sergeant Eric Waldron of No. 4...

Operation Husky

Operation Husky

Operation Husky: The Canadian Invasion of Sicily, July 10–August 7, 1943 Neither the British nor the Americans sought Canada’s involvement in invading Sicily. It was public clamouring at home and backroom politics by generals overseas that pushed Prime Minister...

The Alberta Fact Book

The Alberta Fact Book

The Alberta Fact Book: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Alberta From cowboys and chinooks to hoodoos and dinosaurs, discover what makes Alberta special. The Alberta Fact Book reveals hundreds of unique facts about the province's history, wildlife, and...

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