Military Literary Works

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

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...

Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Channel Port Battles

Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Channel Port Battles They thought of themselves as the "Cinderella Army," and international correspondents agreed. This was because First Canadian Army had been relegated to the left flank of the Allied advance toward...

Through Blood and Sweat: A Remembrance Trek Across Sicily’s World War II Battlegrounds

Through Blood and Sweat: A Remembrance Trek Across Sicily's World War II Battlegrounds Through Blood and Sweat takes readers on a memorable, thought-provoking march in the footsteps of 1st Canadian Infantry Division in 1943. During Operation Husky 2013, a group of...

The Liri Valley

The Liri Valley: Canada's World War II Breakthrough to Rome For the Allied armies fighting their way up the Italian boot in early 1944, Rome was the prize that could be won through one of the greatest offensives of the war. The Liri Valley was a long, flat corridor...

Tragedy At Dieppe

Tragedy at Dieppe: Operation Jubilee, August 19, 1942 On August 19, 1942, 5,000 Canadian troops stormed the beaches of Dieppe, France, in the largest Allied raid launched until then against German-occupied Europe. By raid’s end, 907 Canadians were dead or mortally...

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...

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...

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...

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...

The Gothic Line

The Gothic Line: Canada's Month of Hell in World War II Italy In this third volume of his critically acclaimed trilogy tracing Canada's involvement in World War II's Italian campaign, Mark Zuehlke vividly recounts the Battle of the Gothic Line. The line was meant to...

Ortona

Ortona: Canada's Epic World War II Battle In one blood-soaked, furious week of fighting, from December 20 to December 27, 1943, the 1st Canadian Infantry Division took Ortona, Italy, from elite German paratroopers ordered to hold the medieval port town at all costs....

Forgotten Victory

Forgotten Victory: First Canadian Army and the Cruel Winter of 1944–45. During the winter of 1944–45, the western Allies desperately sought a strategy that would lead to Germany’s quick defeat. From the Swiss border to the North Sea hundreds of thousands of soldiers...

Juno Beach

Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory: June 6, 1944 By dawn of June 6, 1944, the rough seas facing three small resort towns in Normandy bristled with an immense armada. More than 6,500 ships prepared to disembark Allied troops in a do-or-die effort: D-Day. The 14,500...

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...

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...

The Gallant Cause

The Gallant Cause In ragged uniforms, with obsolete equipment, hundreds of Canadians fought to the death against a massive army equipped by Hitler and Mussolini. The Gallant Cause chronicles the role Canadian volunteers played as members of the International Brigade...

On To Victory

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 Canadian Military Atlas

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...
The Liri Valley

The Liri Valley

The Liri Valley: Canada's World War II Breakthrough to Rome For the Allied armies fighting their way up the Italian boot in early 1944, Rome was the prize that could be won through one of the greatest offensives of the war. The Liri Valley was a long, flat corridor...

Tragedy At Dieppe

Tragedy At Dieppe

Tragedy at Dieppe: Operation Jubilee, August 19, 1942 On August 19, 1942, 5,000 Canadian troops stormed the beaches of Dieppe, France, in the largest Allied raid launched until then against German-occupied Europe. By raid’s end, 907 Canadians were dead or mortally...

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...

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...

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...

Brave Battalion

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...

The Gothic Line

The Gothic Line

The Gothic Line: Canada's Month of Hell in World War II Italy In this third volume of his critically acclaimed trilogy tracing Canada's involvement in World War II's Italian campaign, Mark Zuehlke vividly recounts the Battle of the Gothic Line. The line was meant to...

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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.

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

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...