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Breakout from Juno : First Canadian Army and the Normandy Campaign, July 4-August 21, 1944

Author: Mark Zuehlke
Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, 2012. ©2014
Series: Canadian battle series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st U.S. edition.; 1st pbk. editiionView all editions and formats
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"The first dramatic chronicling of Canada's pivotal role throughout the entire Normandy Campaign following the D-Day landings. On July 4, 1944, the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division won the village of Carpiquet but not the adjacent airfield. Instead of a speedy victory, the men faced a bloody fight. The Canadians advanced relentlessly against Hitler's finest armoured divisions, at a great cost in bloodshed. Initially,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Zuehlke
ISBN: 9781771000673 1771000678 9781553653257 1553653254 9781553659723 1553659724
OCLC Number: 746834401
Description: 513 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: a formidable array --
Battle for Caen --
Little short of hell --
A murderous beating --
Hopeless situation --
Day of revenge --
A terrible dream --
Most successful operation --
Little excuse for it --
The ridges. Offensive spirit --
Expensive victories --
Greenhorners --
We need help --
Not a pleasant picture --
Desperate move in the dark --
Violence of battle --
A stone wall --
Simple plans --
Totalize. Sheer slaughter --
Jaws dropped --
The fullest success --
Many anxious moments --
That'll be a tough one --
Come what may --
What a stupid place --
The gap. Without a hitch --
The mad change --
A molten fire bath --
Guns chattering --
A little wild --
A hellhole --
Epilogue: the Normandy campaign in memory --
Appendix A: principle commanders in the Normandy campaign --
Appendix B: the Canadian army in the Normandy campaign (combat units only) --
Appendix C: Canadian infantry battalion (typical organization) --
Appendix D: Canadian army, German army --
and waffen-ss order of ranks (lowest to highest) --
Appendix E: army decorations.
Series Title: Canadian battle series.
Responsibility: Mark Zuehlke.

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"The first dramatic chronicling of Canada's pivotal role throughout the entire Normandy Campaign following the D-Day landings. On July 4, 1944, the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division won the village of Carpiquet but not the adjacent airfield. Instead of a speedy victory, the men faced a bloody fight. The Canadians advanced relentlessly against Hitler's finest armoured divisions, at a great cost in bloodshed. Initially, only the 3rd Division was involved. But in a couple of weeks two other Canadian divisions--2nd Infantry and 4th Armoured--along with a Polish division and several British divisions came together as First Canadian Army. While their generals wrangled and planned, the soldiers fought within a narrow landscape extending a mere 21 miles from Caen to Falaise. The Canadians won a two-day battle for Verrières Ridge starting on July 21, costing them 1,500 casualties. More bloody battles followed, until finally, on August 21, the narrowing gap that had been developing at Falaise closed when American and Canadian troops shook hands. The German army in Normandy had been destroyed, only 18,000 of about 400,000 men escaping. The Allies suffered 206,000 casualties, of which 18,444 were Canadians. Breakout from Juno is a story of uncommon heroism, endurance and sacrifice by Canada's World War 2 volunteer army. This ninth volume in the Canadian Battle Series pays tribute to Canada's veterans at a time when many Canadians, young and old, are actively engaged in acts of remembrance."--Publisher's website.

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