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Excerpt From The River Battles: Canada’s Final Campaign in World War II Italy

Ace High: Lieutenant syD frost and his seventeen survivors from ‘D’ Company’s No. 18 Platoon were out in the blue. Not only were they on point for the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, but they were literally at the very tip of the Canadian advance across...

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

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...

Excerpt From Through Blood and Sweat

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...

Excerpt from Breakout From Juno

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...

Excerpt From Assault On Juno

Chapter Two A 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...

Excerpt From Brave Battalion

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...

Excerpt From Carry Tiger To Mountain

Prologue There was no warning. One moment the old freighter cruised on a gentle sea toward a narrow, rocky shoreline backed by towering green mountains whose summits were cloaked by silky bands of stratus cloud. The next, the temperature plummeted and the cloud rolled...

Excerpt From Ortona

Chapter 26: They Always Mess Things Up A bold dash. Another madman's gamble. Major Jim Stone believed he knew how to smash through 1st Parachute Division's defences along Corso Vittorio Emanuele. If the German intent was to funnel the Canadians down its length through...

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...

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...

Excerpt From Operation Husky

Chapter 7: Call This a Fight? From Bark West, 1st Canadian Infantry Division’s inland advance in the early morning hours of July 10 proceeded rapidly. On the division’s right flank, Royal Canadian Regiment captain Slim Liddell’s ‘A’ Company made a beeline across...

Excerpt from Juno Beach

Canada's D-Day Victory: June 6, 1944 It was the silence. Major Lockhart Ross Fulton-Lochie to friends-knew intellectually that out there in the impenetrable blackness thousands of other ships surrounded the HMS Canterbury and all steered a precisely charted and timed...

Excerpt from Tragedy at Dieppe

Chapter 18: Murderous Crossfire “It is vital to the success of the operation as a whole that White and Red Beaches be in our hands with minimal delay,” Operation Jubilee’s military plan had asserted. The beach facing Dieppe was about a mile long. White Beach stretched...

Excerpt From The Canadian Military Atlas

Vimy Ridge The winter of 1916–1917 found Canadian Corps facing Vimy Ridge, one of the Western Front’s most disputed positions. At its highest point the five-mile long ridge north of Arras reached 475 feet. Since its capture in 1914 the Germans had transformed the...

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...
Excerpt From Through Blood and Sweat

Excerpt From Through Blood and Sweat

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...

Excerpt from Breakout From Juno

Excerpt from Breakout From Juno

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...

Excerpt From Assault On Juno

Excerpt From Assault On Juno

Chapter Two A 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...

Excerpt From Brave Battalion

Excerpt From Brave Battalion

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...

Excerpt From Carry Tiger To Mountain

Excerpt From Carry Tiger To Mountain

Prologue There was no warning. One moment the old freighter cruised on a gentle sea toward a narrow, rocky shoreline backed by towering green mountains whose summits were cloaked by silky bands of stratus cloud. The next, the temperature plummeted and the cloud rolled...

Excerpt From Ortona

Excerpt From Ortona

Chapter 26: They Always Mess Things Up A bold dash. Another madman's gamble. Major Jim Stone believed he knew how to smash through 1st Parachute Division's defences along Corso Vittorio Emanuele. If the German intent was to funnel the Canadians down its length through...

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...

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,...

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The River Battles: Canada’s Final Campaign in World War II Italy The Canadians called it the Promised Land. In late September 1944, the Emilia-Romagna plain before I Canadian Corps stretched to the far horizon—a deceptively wide-open space where surely the tanks could...