Breakout From Juno

Breakout From Juno

First Canadian Army and the Normandy Campaign, July 4-August 21, 1944

eBook - 2011
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With its trademark "you are there" style, Mark Zuehlke's ninth book in the Canadian Battle Series chronicles the First Canadian Army's bitter and costly combat debut in World War II - the breakout from Normandy's beaches to the closure of the Falaise Gap. On July 4, 1944 - after a month-long stalemate - 3rd Canadian Infantry Division attacked the village of Carpiquet and adjacent airfield. In a fierce battle against the fanatical 12th SS (Hitler Youth) Panzer Division, the Canadians won the village but not the airfield. A speedy victory had been anticipated. Instead, they faced a blo.
Publisher: New York : Douglas & McIntyre, 2011.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (545 pages)

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JeremiahSutherland Dec 28, 2014

Disappointing piece of work. I've read books by other authors on Canada's role in the invasion so I understand the broad strokes of what occurred.

Given the size of this book and the implication that it is part of a definitive history of our part in the war, I expected much more analysis of the personalities involved and how their decisions affected the outcome. There are hints about Crerar and Simonds' being at odds or that some of the generals were not up to the job. But that's all.

I certainly wouldn't be looking to read any more doorstops by this author.

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Poppabearm
Jun 28, 2012

Excellent book. Anyone interested in the contribution of Canadians to the Allied Armies victory should read all of Mark Zuehlke's books.

debwalker Nov 08, 2011

The first account of Canada's important role during the Normandy campaign after the D-Day landings.

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