Forgotten Victory: First Canadian Army and the Cruel Winter of 1944–45.
Mark Zuehlke’s eleventh book of the acclaimed Canadian Battle Series unflinchingly brings this story of uncommon heroism, endurance, and sacrifice to life in his trademark “you are there” style.
Published by Douglas & McIntyre, 2014: 497 pages.
[Zuehlke’s] writing is factual, yet personal accounts and direct quotes make it profound and moving. His brief portrayals of individual soldiers are masterful in the emotions they manage to elicit. The interplay of power among the British, Canadians, and Americans is fascinating, revealing the leaders to be entirely human and vulnerable as well as admirable for the roles they played in achieving an Allied victory. The detail and scope of the book is stunning.
Zuehlke’s mastery at blending first-person accounts with meticulous military research brings these stories to life. He effortlessly combines the source materials, helping bring the reader into the heart of the action…Zuehlke’s respect and admiration for the soldiers resonates as he details the sacrifices that led to victory and the war’s end less than two months later. His powerful combination of fact and emotion in Forgotten Victory will help Canadians better understand the dedication of the young men and women who served.
Zuehlke’s talent for relating events both in terms of a tactical overview and through the personal stories and insights of decision makers and common soldiers is once more at work in this volume. Forgotten Victory is an important contribution to our national history, and honours those thousands who left their native land to fight a war that was far away and not of their making.