Books CANADIAN MILITARY BOOKS

A Soldier’s View: The Personal Photographs of Canadians at War 1939-1945 (2005)
Blake Heathcote

Thousands of Canadians were moved by Testaments of Honour. Now, with A Soldier’s View, Blake Heathcote opens his extensive archive of photos, rarely before published or seen, to share with us the face of...

Out of the Shadows: Canada in the Second World War (1996)
Brereton Greenhous, W.A.B. Douglas

First published in 1977 this accessible general overview of Canada’s contribution to the Second World War and of the war’s effect on Canada’s evolution. This revised edition incorporates new information, particularly in the realms...

Maple Leaf Against the Axis (2004)
David J Bercuson

Maple Leaf Against the Axis is a compelling recounting of the Second World War and the Canadians who fought it. Here, in all its passion and drama, is the story of how the Canadian...

One Day in August: The Untold Story Behind Canada’s Tragedy at Dieppe (2013)
David O'Keefe

Magnificent and engrossing, One Day in August reveals in full for the first time the “Ultra Secret” story behind one of WW2’s most controversial mysteries—and one of Canada’s most sorrowful moments. In a narrative...

Canada’s War: The Politics of the Mackenzie King Government, 1939-1945 (2016)
J. L. Granatstein

Canada’s transformation during World War II is an amazing piece of history, still recounted best by award-winning writer and scholar, J.L. Granatstein. Canada’s War remains the only account of the domestic and world politics...

Canada’s Wars: An Illustrated History (2010)
Jonathan Webb

In this important new book, Jonathan Webb gives young Canadians a comprehensive look at Canada’s efforts in wars ranging from the Boer War of 1884 up to the war in Afghanistan. Each section provides...

Forgotten Victory: First Canadian Army and the Cruel Winter of 1944-45 (2015)
Mark Zuehlke

During the winter of 1944–45, the western allies desperately sought a strategy that would lead to Germany’s quick defeat. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers in trenches and dugouts suffered through the bitterest European winter...

Breakout from Juno: First Canadian Army and the Normandy Campaign, July 4-August 21, 1944 (2012)
Mark Zuehlke

The ninth book in the Canadian Battle Series, Breakout from Juno, is the first dramatic chronicling of Canada’s pivotal role throughout the entire Normandy Campaign following the D-Day landings. On July 4, 1944, the...

On to Victory: The Canadian Liberation of the Netherlands, March 23—May 5, 1945 (2011)
Mark Zuehlke

On to Victory is the little-told story of the tense final days of World War II, remembered in the Netherlands as “the sweetest of springs,” which saw the country’s liberation from German occupation. The...

Terrible Victory: First Canadian Army and the Scheldt Estuary Campaign: September 13 – November 6, 1944 (2009)
Mark Zuehlke

Mark Zuehlke is an expert at narrating the history of life on the battlefield for the Canadian army during World War II. In Terrible Victory, he provides a soldiers-eye-view account of Canada’s bloody liberation...

Operation Husky: The Canadian Invasion of Sicily, July 10-August 7, 1943 (2008)
Mark Zuehlke

On July 10, 1943, twenty thousand Canadian soldiers joined two great Allied armies on the beaches of southern Sicily for Operation Husky — the first western Allied thrust to win a toehold inside HItler’s...

The Gothic Line: Canada’s Month of Hell in World War II Italy (2006)
Mark Zuehlke

Like an armor-toothed belt across Italy’s upper thigh, the Gothic Line was the most fortified and fiercely defended position the German army had yet thrown in the path of the Allied forces. On August...

Holding Juno: Canada’s Heroic Defence of the D-Day Beaches: June 7-12, 1944 (2006)
Mark Zuehlke

Following his national best-seller, Juno Beach, and with his usual verve and narrative skill, historian Mark Zuehlke chronicles the crucial six days when Canadians saved the vulnerable beachheads they had won during the D-Day...

Juno Beach: Canada’s D-Day Victory: June 6, 1944 (2005)
Mark Zuehlke

Drawing on personal diaries as well as military records, Juno Beach: Canada’s D-Day Victory: June 6, 1944 dramatically depicts Canada’s contribution to the most critical Allied battle of World War II. Acclaimed military historian...

The Liri Valley: Canada’s World War II Breakthrough to Rome (2004)
Mark Zuehlke

The second instalment in military historian Mark Zuehlke’s compelling World War II tales of Canadians overcoming insurmountable odds in Italy. For the allied armies fighting their way up the Italian boot in early 1944,...

Ortona: Canada’s Epic World War II Battle (2003)
Mark Zuehlke

A masterful retelling one of the major victories of Canadian troops over the German army’s elite division during WWII.

Flying to Victory: Raymond Collishaw and the Western Desert Campaign, 1940–1941 (2017)
Mike Bechthold

Canadian-born flying ace Raymond Collishaw (1893–1976) served in Britain’s air forces for twenty-eight years. As a pilot in World War I he was credited with sixty-one confirmed kills on the Western Front. When World...

Passchendaele: Canada’s Triumph and Tragedy on the Fields of Flanders (2008)
Norman Leach

This fully-illustrated, easily-accessible, account of the battle of Passchendaele presents the background and details of Canada’s coming of age in The Great War. During WWI, the battle for the tiny Belgium town Passchendaele was...

Flowers of the Forest (2018)
Richard M Law

Farquhar McLennan was a phenomenal soccer player and a generational athlete. He was also a private in the 58th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. In the summer of 1915 he embarked on a journey into...

Fearsome Battle: With The Canadian Army In World War Ii Europe (2005)
Robert E. Rogge

The main character of this remarkable book tells what it was like to exist as an infantry soldier under the horrific life and death situations encountered on the World War II battlefield. Robert Rogge,...

Cinderella Army: The Canadians in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945 (2007)
Terry Copp

In his controversial and award-winning 2003 book Fields of Fire, Terry Copp offered a stunning reversal of accepted military history, challenging the conventional view that the Canadian contribution to the Battle of Normandy was...

Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy (2004)
Terry Copp

Fields of Fire offers a stunning reversal of accepted military history. Terry Copp challenges and refutes the conventional view that the Canadian contribution to the Battle of Normandy was a ‘failure’: that the allies...

No Place to Run: The Canadian Corps and Gas Warfare in the First World War (2000)
Tim Cook

Historians of the First World War have often dismissed the important role of poison gas in the battles of the Western Front. Tim Cook shows that the serious threat of gas did not disappear...

Vimy: The Battle and the Legend (2017)
Tim Cook

Why does Vimy matter? Tim Cook, Canada’s foremost military historian and a Charles Taylor Prize winner, examines the battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917 and the way the memory of it has evolved...

Shock Troops Canadians Fighting The Great War 1917-18 (2008)
Tim Cook

Shock Troops follows the Canadian fighting forces during the titanic battles of Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele, and the Hundred Days campaign. Through the eyes of the soldiers who fought and died in the...

At the Sharp End Volume One: Canadians Fighting the Great War 1914-1916 (2007)
Tim Cook

At the Sharp End covers the harrowing early battles of World War One, when tens of thousands, then hundreds of thousands, died, before the generals and soldiers found ways to break the terrible stalemate...

Lucky Guy: Memoirs of a World War II Canadian Soldier (2000)
Tom Didmon

It was February, 1942, in what could be called the middle of World War II, when I received my call-up to the Armed Forces. As I remember, I was neither surprised nor concerned. The...