Excerpt From Hands Like Clouds All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Chapter One Dawn came warily, reluctant to brighten the day. The furtive light remained gray and colourless, subdued by the threatening blackness. Rain spiraled down, while a biting wind plucked at the foam-specked waters of Tofino’s sheltered inlets. By mid-morning a heavy veil of fog had crept in from the sea to further the day’s gloominess. The rain and fog enshrouded the ancient forests of Clayoquot Sound’s surrounding slopes, as morning gave way to afternoon....Read More
Author: Mark Zuehlke
Excerpt from Forgotten Victory: All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Chapter 19 – Toughest Scrap At 0430 hours, 2nd Canadian Infantry Division’s five battalions advanced across muddy fields through heavy rain. “An eerie light was added to the whole scene by the searchlights, Jerry flares and burning farm buildings,” South Saskatchewan Regiment’s Major George Buchanan wrote. Private Charles “Chic” Goodman was one of two signallers in Major Fraser Lee’s ‘B’ Company headquarters section. Lee and his men were crowded into a Kangaroo. The Sasks were on...Read More
On To Victory: The Canadian Liberation of the Netherlands, March 23-May 5, 1945 March 23, 1945. Tens of thousands of Allied troops, following on the heels of a massive artillery barrage, lunge across the Rhine River aboard amphibious craft, while even more land from the skies. Operations Plunder and Varsity aimed to smash the German forces determined to stop this crossing, which sought to unleash a breakout into the heartland of Germany and the Netherlands and bring about a rapid end to the war. On the left flank of Plunder, First Canadian Army thrusted into the westernmost corner of...Read More
The Canadian Military Atlas The visual story of Canada’s distinguished fighting record told in detailed maps and succinct text, from two masters of their craft. Canadian soldiers have long offered the greatest sacrifices with tremendous skill and courage. Now, in one stunning full-colour volume fully updated and for the first time in paperback, the battlefields on which Canadian soldiers fought so valiantly have been mapped out. Mark Zuehlke, widely regarded as Canada’s pre-eminent military historian, adds historical background and insightful commentary to C. Stuart Daniel’s more than eighty intricately detailed maps of four hundred years of Canada’s battlefields. The...Read More
Excerpt From Terrible Victory All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced in any form without permission of the author. Introduction: A Simple Plan It all depended on 360 Canadian infantrymen. But that seemed natural to these men of the Algonquin Regiment. For this regiment, hailing from North Bay, Ontario, proudly wore on their regimental badge the motto NE-KAH-NE-TAH, an Algonquin Indian phrase pronouncing: “We lead, others follow.” If they succeeded, 4th Canadian Armoured Division would follow them across the two canals like a runaway storm, flooding over the intervening Belgian and Dutch lowlands clear to...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.
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