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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Breakout from Juno Media

Breakout from Juno is attracting extensive media coverage. Here are some links to where excerpts and reviews have been published. Rocky Mountain Outlook review   McNally Robinson selects Breakout as Book of the Day on Remembrance Day, 2011   Mini Armour Reflections in...

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Books In The Works

Number Four in the Elias McCann Series. Title: TBA. Mystery: Still a secret. Publication date: TBA. The Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Channel Port Battles Breaking out of the Normandy bridgehead in late August 1944, the Allies hoped to win the war...

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Douglas and McIntyre Interview

The Dieppe raid was the first major action the Canadian Army fought in Europe during World War II. Yet Tragedy at Dieppe is the tenth volume in your Canadian Battle Series. Why so long getting to this story? I first started writing about the role Canada’s army played...

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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...

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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...

read more
Ortona

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....

read more
Forgotten Victory

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...

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Juno Beach

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...

read more
Terrible Victory

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

read more
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...

read more
Ortona

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....

read more
Forgotten Victory

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...

read more
Juno Beach

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...

read more
Terrible Victory

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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more
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,...

read more
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...

read more
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...

read more

Breakout from Juno Media

Breakout from Juno is attracting extensive media coverage. Here are some links to where excerpts and reviews have been published. Rocky Mountain Outlook review   McNally Robinson selects Breakout as Book of the Day on Remembrance Day, 2011   Mini Armour Reflections in...

read more

Books In The Works

Number Four in the Elias McCann Series. Title: TBA. Mystery: Still a secret. Publication date: TBA. The Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Channel Port Battles Breaking out of the Normandy bridgehead in late August 1944, the Allies hoped to win the war...

read more

Douglas and McIntyre Interview

The Dieppe raid was the first major action the Canadian Army fought in Europe during World War II. Yet Tragedy at Dieppe is the tenth volume in your Canadian Battle Series. Why so long getting to this story? I first started writing about the role Canada’s army played...

read more

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