Between 1950 and 1953, nearly 30,000 Canadian volunteers joined the effort to contain communist incursions into South Korea and support the fledgling United Nations. All the services were there and all served with distinction.
May 6, 2020. On 7 and 8 May 1945, riots broke out after poorly coordinated Victory in Europe celebrations fell apart in Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Several thousand servicemen (predominantly naval), merchant seamen and civilians drank, vandalized and looted. Though a subsequent federal inquiry blamed naval authority, the true causes lay in bureaucratic confusion, insufficient policing and antipathy between the military and civilians, fuelled by the presence of 25,000 servicemen.
Historian Tim Cook displays his trademark storytelling ability in the 2nd volume of his masterful account of Canadians in WWII. Cook combines an extraordinary grasp of military strategy with a deep empathy for the soldiers on the ground, at sea and in the air. Featuring dozens of black-and-white photographs and moving excerpts from letters and diaries of servicemen, FIGHT TO THE FINISH is a memorable account of Canadians who fought abroad and of the home front that was changed forever.
The first of a two-volume story of heroism and horror, of loss and longing, sacrifice and endurance. How soldiers, airmen, and sailors fought -- the evolving tactics, weapons of war, logistics, and technology. It gauges Canadian effectiveness against the skilled enemy whom they confronted in battlefields from 1939 to 1943, from the sweltering heat of Sicily to the frigid North Atlantic, and from the urban warfare of Ortona to the dark skies over Germany.
The story of how the feared Devil's Brigade, one of the world's first commando units, helped turn the tide in Italy. The First Special Service Force, or FSSF, was assembled from hand-picked soldiers from Canadian and American regiments. These troops would have to be self-sufficient, brave and weather-hardened, and take the fight to the enemy. John Nadler vividly captures the savagery of the Italian campaign and the deeply human experiences of the men called upon to fight it.