Canada's Military - In War and in Peace
Personal stories, histories, narratives, and more - selected from the collection of the Cape Breton Regional Library. PLEASE NOTE: if the catalogue address for…
A Nation at War brings together a collection of sixty-two essays covering all aspects of the Canadian experience in the Second World War. It is a readable and authoritative introduction to both the historical narrative and the interpretive debates by the best selling author of Fields of Fire and Cinderella Army.
Great Canadian War Heroes tells the amazing stories of the 16 Canadians who received the Victoria Cross during WWII. They came from all walks of life and from various ranks within the Canadian Forces, but they all had one thing in common: each displayed exceptional bravery in the face of the enemy.
Black military heritage in Canada is still generally unknown and unwritten. Most Canadians have no idea that Blacks served, fought, and died on European battlefields, all in the name of freedom. The story of the overt racist treatment of Black volunteers is a shameful chapter in Canadian history. It does, however, represent an important part of the Black legacy and the Black experience. It is a story worth reporting and worth sharing.
Cyclist troops in Canada's armed forces spent most of WWI digging trenches, patrolling roads, and delivering dispatches. But during the Hundred Days campaign at the end of the war, Canada's Cyclist troops came into their own. At Amiens, Cambrai, and especially the Pursuit from the Sensée, they made pioneering contributions to the development of the Canadian Corps's combined arms strategy and mobile warfare doctrine, all the while with the consummate professionalism the Corps became renowned for.
No Lack of Courage is the story of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Operation Medusa, the largely Canadian action in Afghanistan in September 2006, to dislodge a heavily entrenched Taliban force in Afghanistan's Kandahar Province. In the end, the brunt of the fighting fell on the Canadians, and the operation exacted a great cost. However, the battle also demonstrated that Canada had shed its peacekeeping mythology and was once more ready to commit troops deliberately to combat.
This book is the story of the (mostly) Canadian raid on Dieppe and adjacent beaches on August 19, 1942--considered the greatest disaster in Canadian military history. John Mellor was there as a commando. He interviewed over 200 people and produced this story of the planing and preparations for the raid, a detailed and personal telling of the men in battle, scene by scene and often shot by shot, and the years of suffering and resistance as survivors in prisoner-of-war camps
David Bercuson gives readers a rare inside look at the state of our armed forces. He draws on historical sources, leaked documents, material submitted to the Commission of Inquiry into the Somalia Affair, and on scores of exclusive interviews. He uses this material to describe today's army, both on duty in Bosnia and on the home front. It is against this background that the deterioration of a proud regiment, the Canadian Airborne, and its ill-fated mission to Somalia begins to make sense.
In Sunray: The Death and Life of Captain Nichola Goddard, award-winning journalist Valerie Fortney examines how a woman raised by self-described "left-wing hippies" came to find herself fighting and dying in Afghanistan. She was as strong, as capable and as brave as any male in uniform, and 26-year-old Captain Nichola Goddard became the 16th Canadian soldier to die in Afghanistan. She also earned herself a spot in the history books: the first female Canadian soldier to die in combat.
With this re-publication of James Lamb's masterfully written book, a new generation will have the opportunity to discover the immense contribution of Canada's fighting forces to the Allied victory over Germany. Many believed the Atlantic crossing was the most dangerous naval mission of the war. He showed, through his vivid and compelling account, the story of the equally heroic and dangerous battle to control the shipping lanes between New York, Halifax and St. John's: the infamous Triangle Run.
Denis Whitaker was there on the sodden polders of Zeeland. He remembers the brutal battle to save the Dutch in their own land. He and the many Allied troops fought valiantly against the Germans to open up Antwerp to deliver the much-needed supplies. This big book, full of maps, is bursting with first-hand accounts in a first-rate narrative.
No other warship is so intimately connected with Canada's naval heritage as the ubiquitous corvette of WWII. Despite the importance of the corvette to Canadian history, no reliable history of the class has ever been published. This book is a concise and popular account of the corvette in Canadian service during WWII.
The Canadian victory that opened Antwerp. Tug Of War does not tread lightly on accepted notions of military historians. For the Canadian youths of nineteen and twenty who died miserably on the sodden plains of Zeeland, this is their story.
Often little-known but extraordinary, the quiet heroes of one of the most destructive wars in history left indelible impressions among those whose lives were touched by their actions. Up against firing squads, torpedoes, rogue waves, P.O.W. camps, and all the living hells of warfare, they persevered, they saved lives, and they valiantly served their country.
The book brings together moving first-hand accounts selected from the pages of Legion Magazine of Canadians fighting in WW1, WW2, and Korea. It also contains recollections from the wives and sweethearts left at home and also accounts of the lighter side of military life.
Go inside the mind and life of a Canadian military leader. The book takes on a story-telling style drawing the reader in, from the time Christian is a young boy growing up in Cape Breton, to Afghanistan, to commanding a military base in Ontario, Canada. It was a diagnosis of complex PTSD that led to his early retirement, but this is not where his story ends. Christian provides the reader with clinical information about the signs of PTSD and available treatment.
The Unexpected War exposes the poverty of Canadian foreign policy, arguing that Canada's various military missions in Afghanistan have been ad hoc in nature and made on the basis of political calculations--often flawed--about Canadian-American relations. Drawing upon interviews with key decision makers and advisors, and a first-hand account by a former Defence Ministry insider, the book offers an account of how Canada became embroiled in a new kind of war--fighting insurgency in a failed state.
The battle for Tilly saw what was probably the worst of the infantry fighting following D-Day. The Canadian 3rd Division lost well over half its fighting men within a month, and appalling tactical errors were made by the British commanders. Drawing on eyewitness accounts and the recollections of many who were there in 1944, Ken Tout's Tilly is a fitting tribute to the British and Canadian youth, who fought, and the many who died, during the breakout from Normandy.
Going Over is the biography of Titus Mossman, a veteran of the “Great War” who served with the 85th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders) on the Western Front. This book blends social, political and historical issues of those turbulent times with the story of one young Canadian turned soldier, caught at the sharp edge of history. This dramatic story underscores the close kinship among soldiers, the tremendous self-sacrifice, costs and dubious glory of war, and the after-effects.
Reaching beyond the battlefield descriptions, Carmichael presents unforgettable accounts filled with drama, hope, and heartbreak culled from journals and letters of Allied soldiers and nurses. Featuring profiles of people from every Canadian province and many American states, including soldiers of Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, and African backgrounds, this book is a touching tribute reflecting the human face of war.
Matthew Douglass uncovers their participation in WW2: the arrival in Normandy and contributions to the battles in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany. Present at many of the critical moments of the campaign, the Rangers participated in the Battle of the Falaise Gap, clearing the way for the advance on Paris and Germany; the Battle of the Scheldt, securing the vital supply lines of the port of Antwerp; and the Battle of the Reichswald, when German resistance at the Rhine was finally broken.
By the end of the 20th century, Canada's experiences in WWII were laregly framed as a series of disasters: the fall of Hong Kong, Dieppe, and the racially-driven forced relocation of Japanese Canadians. There was little mention of Canada's role in the Battle of the Atlantic, the war in Italy, D-Day, the Liberation of Europe. No other nation underwent this bizarre re-framing, remaking victories into defeats. Tim Cook brings a more balanced view of Canada's successful and crucial role in WWII.
Harry L. Gill, of Fredericton, NB, enlisted in the RCAF in 1940 at 18. During his short but adventure-filled career, he flew a Hurricane fighter bomber over France, England, and India and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal. In 1943 he died when his airplane was shot down over Burma. Hurricane Pilot captures the perspective of a young man in the middle of a war in Europe and Asia and shows how Gill was transformed from a small-town boy to a mature fighter pilot serving in a global war
For the British and Allied navies, the corvette was a stop-gap, a "hostilities only" expedient used to fill out the escort forces worn desperately thin. But for Canada, the corvette assumed infinitely greater significance. It was the first warship the country had ever built in large numbers; so that at war's end, a complex of shipyards had been founded on each coast, and a reservoir of skill and expertise had been established, which would become the basis for the Canadian naval industry.