A Crown of Life: The World of John McCrae
A Crown of Life tells the story of John McCrae, the soldier-doctor-poet who wrote "In Flanders Fields," the best know poem to emerge from the First World War, and which inspired the adoption of the poppy as the symbol of remembrance.
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A Crown of Life: The World of John McCrae
This book is a window onto the fascinating life of Lt. Col. John McCrae, author of the poem "In Flanders Fields." A Canadian, McCrae served as an artillery and medical officer in the South African War. He was killed in World War I.
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A Military History of Canada: From Champlain to the Gulf War
Is Canada really "a peaceable kingdom" with "an unmilitary people"? Desmond Morton says no. This is a country that has been shaped, divided, and transformed by war -- there is no greater influence in Canadian history, recent or remote. Through the Cold War, the Gulf War, and after, Canadians had to make difficult decisions about defence and foreign policy, and these events have shaped the country, developing our industries, changing the role of women, realigning our political factions, and changing Canada’s status in the world.
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A Source of Pride: Badges of the Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919
This fascinating book examines the use and approval of cap, collar and brass shoulder titles of the CEF. Based almost exclusively on archival sources, this book brings to light new information on identifying official badges from unofficial ones, and war-time issues from post-war manufacture.
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American Air Power: The First 75 Years
A thoroughly engrossing and exceptionally well-written account of American military aviation from the delivery of the first military craft by the Wright brothers in 1909, right up to the present. All the dimensions of America's air involvement are explored in depth, the technological, strategic, tactical, and political considerations that have shaped our nation's air defence policies and practices, the aircraft, the airmen, and the decision makers, the stories behind the headlines, how aviation developed in the Army, Navy, Marines, and finally in a separate Air Force, it's all here, generously illustrated with dozens of photos from military and private archives!
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Assault Vests
A book detailing the development of the British and Canadian Assault Vests .
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Billy Bishop, VC
A brief account of the life and career of the First World War, Canadian fighter pilot, Billy Bishop.
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Billy Bishop: Canadian Hero
Billy Bishop was fiercely ambitious, driven by an undisguised hatred of his enemies. He played hard and fought even harder. A highly skilled pilot and a crack shot, "top gun" of the Allied air forces, by 1918 Bishop was the most highly decorated war hero in Canadian history. He remains the most controversial. Some of Bishop's fellow pilots were repelled by his grandstanding and suspected he was deliberately inflating his number of "kills." Since then, the claim has been repeated by many others. This issue is at the heart of Billy Bishop: Canadian Hero. In this updated second edition, author Dan McCaffery reviews the evidence in support his account of what Bishop really did in the skies over France, setting the record straight about one of this country's most famous and controversial figures.
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Cavalry of the Air: An Illustrated Introduction to the Aircraft and Aces of the First World War
A lot of the airmen of the First Word War who tested both the adversary and also death did not survive. These are their tales. In the clinging mud and also trench warfare of WWI, it was quickly clear that the cavalry– cream of the crop of the elite– would certainly be of little USAge. The rushing males and also policemans of the mounties searched for a method to be front and facility in the problem, and also found it in the new air forces being established on both sides of the Western Front. Quickly lances as well as sabres were replaced by silk headscarfs as well as machine guns. Fight on horseback was replaced by dogfights airborne– individually and in wonderful flying developments– constantly between warriors. No modern technology changed much more in the 5 years of the war, and also none would certainly have a bigger impact. From Great Britain to Canada to Australia and also New Zealand, new heroes took the honour and dash of the mounties to the air in flying devices– which would change the face of battle permanently.
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Churchill and His Airmen: Relationships, Intrigue and Policy-making, 1914-1945
Winston Churchill probably had more impact on 20th Century British military history than any other person and especially during World War II. Yet of all the many volumes since that war which deal with his relationships with generals and admirals, most surprisingly, there seems not to be a single book devoted to Churchill as a would-be pilot, and, more importantly, to the relations he had with a host of airmen between 1914 and 1945. Exceptional air marshals of his time included Dowding, Park, Portal, Freeman, Tedder, Coningham and Harris. Such men had years of professional expertise behind them and those who had reached the top by 1943 were such strong characters that not even the prime minister could dominate them in policy-making. Crucially, Churchill had supported the independence of the RAF from other services, and whilst he did bully and cajole, even abuse his airmen, he also listened to them and their plans, and inspired them.
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Classic Warbirds in Color
This colorful and informative volume examines in detail the history, design, production, and service of some of the greatest warbirds of all time. Bringing them to life in vivid color, incredible photos capture these high-flying and hardworking machines at the height of action from every combatant in WWI and WWII. Enthusiasts, model builders, and historians will enjoy the detailed air-to-air and close-ups providing insight into the full details of the service life of Mustangs, Spitfires, Messerschmitts, Zeros, Spads, Fokkers, and more. Each entry is accompanied by brief informative histories and vital technical data.
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Courage on the Battlefield (Volume II): Canada’s Military Heritage
Courage in the battlefield is the second title in a three volume set of selected Canadian war heroes as compiled by Arthur Bishop. These exciting narratives bring to life the gallant and self-sacrificing stories of those who fought first on Canadian soil in the War of 1812, in the Crimea, the Indian Mutiny, the Boer war and in World wars I and II and in Korea.
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Describes the history, uses and types of military cruisers, including the nuclear powered models of today.
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Dancing in the Sky: The Royal Flying Corps in Canada
Dancing in the Sky is the first complete telling of the First World War fighter pilot training initiative established by the British in response to the terrible losses occurring in the skies over Europe in 1916. This program, up and running in under six months despite enormous obstacles, launched Canada into the age of flight ahead of the United States. The results enabled the Allies to regain control of the skies and eventually win the war, but at a terrible price. Flying was in its infancy and pilot training primitive. This is the story of the talented and courageous men and women who made the training program a success, complete with the romance, tragedy, humour, and pathos that accompany an account of such heroic proportions. A valuable addition to Canada’s military history, this book will appeal to all who enjoy an exceptional adventure story embedded in Canada’s past.
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Defending the Dominion: Canadian Military Rifles 1855-1955
The author has researched the use, acquisition and disposal of every known purchase of long-arms by the Canadian Militia between 1855 and 1955. The dates were chosen as the logical commencement of Canada’s Militia, due in large part to the Militia Act of that year, while the end date brings to a close the general issue and use of the Lee-Enfield No.4 rifle. This 100-year period is unsurpassed for the design and invention of rifles. The book contains 13 appendices, a bibliography and end-notes. This is a ‘must have’ addition for any firearms enthusiasts’ bookshelf.
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Early Armour in Canadian Service
A detailed review of the development and use from WWI to the early years of WWII.
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Engines of War: How Wars Were Won & Lost on the Railways
The birth of the railway in the early 1830's revolutionized the way the world waged war. From armored engines with swiveling guns, to the practice of track sabotage, to the construction of tracks that crossed frozen Siberian lakes, the "iron road" facilitated conflict on a scale that was previously unimaginable. It not only made armies more mobile, but widened fighting fronts and increased the power and scale of available weaponry; a deadly combination. In Engines of War, Christian Wolmar examines all the engagements in which the railway played a part: the Crimean War; the American Civil War; both world wars; the Korean War; and the Cold War, with its mysterious missile trains; and illustrates how the railway became a deadly weapon exploited by governments across the world.
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Faces of War: A Collection
This collection features unsung heroes of the the armed services, the Merchant Marine, a battlefield nurse, four chaplains, war correspondents, prisoners of war, and closes with a moving piece on the recent identification of the remains of one John Kipling, lost at Loos in 1915. There is not much joy here. The author does not glorify war. Faces of War provides is a solid dose of realism, sometimes very grim, though ultimately not discouraging and sometimes humorous. The author Dave Brown manages to evoke pain, loss and pathos without gruesome sentimentality, which is no mean feat.
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Fighter (Military Missions)
This highly informative and beautifully illustrated volume presents you not only with an overview of a century of powered flight and the key technical developments, but also with an explanation of fundamental aerodynamic principles. Setting events in their historical context, it examines each of the most important fighters in turn and tells of the individuals whose ingenuity and courage gave military aviation its extraordinary momentum.
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Fire When Ready, Gridley: Great Naval Stories from Manila Bay to Vietnam
A history of naval warfare discusses the greatest sea battles of the twentieth century, discussing Jutland, Pearl Harbor, the Falkland Islands, and Vietnam, and features the comments of figures ranging from Churchill to Kipling to C. S. Forester.
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German Bombers of WWI: In Action
The first air raids of the First World War were in December 1914 on Dover by lone single engine Friedrichshafen FF22 floatplanes. They preceded the much feared bombing attacks by the air dirigibles which began in January 1915. it would be two years before a land based aircraft raided London on the morning of 28th November 1916 by an LVG. CIV. Other raids continued using Gotha bombers.
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Great War Tanks in Canadian Service
A concise illustrated history of early tanks in Canadian service during World War I. Text and photos give us a good account of the first Canadian tank units and life in tanks during the Great War. A useful addition to this series and coverage of Great War armour.
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Hawker: One of Aviation’s Greatest Names: A Biography of Harry Hawker, MBE, AFC
Traces the life of Harry Hawker, his early life in Moorabbin, Victoria, his move to England, introduction to flying, his role in WW1, founding his company which produced Schneider Trophy-winning aircraft between the wars and the Hurricane of WW2.
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In Flanders Field: The Story of John McCrae
Called the most talented Canadian physician of his time, John McCrae (1872-1918) achieved international fame by his poem, "In Flanders Fields." The most popular English-language poem of the First World War, it has made the poppy inseparable from memories of war. John McCrae's life was a microcosm of the years of tumultuous changes in late Victorian Canada. Son of Scottish pioneers, he fought in the Boer and First World Wars, taught medicine art McGill University, was a member of the influential English-speaking elite of Montreal, and a friend of the great and near-great. Deeply religious, he was marked by kindliness and laughter. This book describes the full-blooded vigour of John McCrae's early and middle years, the writing of "In Flanders Fields" at the height of a battle in 1915, the impact of the poem, and the tragedy of his last years working in a Canadian hospital in war torn France.
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In Flanders Fields: The Story of the Poem by John McCrae
The lines of the celebrated poem are interwoven with fascinating information about the First World War complexity and contradiction in architecture torrent, details of daily life in the trenches complexity and contradiction in architecture torrent, accounts of McCrae’s experience in his field hospital complexity and contradiction in architecture torrent, and the circumstances that led to the writing of “In Flanders Fields complexity and contradiction in architecture torrent.”
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Lusitania: Triumph, Tragedy, and the End of the Edwardian Age
On the 100th Anniversary of its sinking, King and Wilson tell the story of the Lusitania's glamorous passengers and the torpedo that ended an era and prompted the US entry into World War I. Lusitania: She was a ship of dreams, carrying millionaires and aristocrats, actresses and impresarios, writers and suffragettes, a microcosm of the last years of the waning Edwardian Era and the coming influences of the Twentieth Century. When she left New York on her final voyage, she sailed from the New World to the Old; yet an encounter with the machinery of the New World, in the form of a primitive German U-Boat, sent her and her gilded passengers, to their tragic deaths and opened up a new era of indiscriminate warfare. A hundred years after her sinking, Lusitania remains an evocative ship of mystery. Was she carrying munitions that exploded? Did Winston Churchill engineer a conspiracy that doomed the liner? Lost amid these tangled skeins is the romantic, vibrant, and finally heartrending tale of the passengers who sailed aboard her. Lives, relationships, and marriages ended in the icy waters off the Irish Sea; those who survived were left haunted and plagued with guilt. Now, authors Greg King and Penny Wilson resurrect this lost, glittering world to show the golden age of travel and illuminate the most prominent of Lusitania's passengers. Rarely was an era so glamorous; rarely was a ship so magnificent; and rarely was the human element of tragedy so quickly lost to diplomatic maneuvers and militaristic threats.
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Nose Art: An Illustrated History from World War I to the Present
Aircraft nose art has long been a military institution. First appearing in the form of a sea monster on the front of an Italian flying boat in 1913, through WWII, Vietnam, and on to today, Nose Art catalogs and presents it all. Hundreds of detailed illustrations through the decades give the full picture of the evolution and history of these mini-murals. From early shark and tiger mouths below front propellers, to historical logos and Loony Toons characters, to the modern banning of nude pinups, author Allan Burney explores this incredible subject in detail.
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Passchendaele 1917: Battle Story
The Battle of Passchendaele has come to epitomize the mud and blood of the First World War. Passchendaele is perhaps one of the most iconic campaigns of the First World War, coming to symbolize the mud and blood of the battlefield like no other. Fought for over three months under some of the worst conditions of the war, fighting became bogged down in a quagmire that made it almost impossible for any gains to be made. In this Battle Story, Chris McNab seeks to lift the battle out of its controversy and explain what really happened and why. Complete with detailed maps and photographs, as well as fascinating facts and profiles of the leaders, this is the best introduction to this legendary battle.
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Passchendaele and Battles of Ypres
The objective of the third battle of the Ypres salient, the site of Passchendaele village was finally captured by the Canadians on 6th November 1917. Published to coincide with the 80th anniversary, this book recounts the experiences of the soldiers involved. From the first clash in 1915, to the final offensive in September 1918, the book allows the reader to follow the course of the war around this strategically vital Belgian town.
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Passchendaele: Canada’s Triumph and Tragedy on the Fields of Flanders: An Illustrated History
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 one of the most significant tests of Canadian courage and expertise. British Commander-in-Chief General Douglas Haig had devised one of the most controversial stratagems of the entire war: Allied forces would attack headlong into the heavily fortified German entrenchments, capture the town of Passchendaele and its highlands, and drive toward the coast to destroy German submarine bases. General Arthur Currie's Canadian Corps was called to the front for this attack. After their victories at Vimy Ridge and Hill 70, the Canadians had earned the nickname "storm troopers" for, like a storm, they could not be stopped. Even for the battle-hardened Canadians, Passchendaele was a living hell. Many drowned in the mud before ever seeing the enemy. Others died from deadly chlorine gas, and others from artillery shells that rained down in numbers over 175 per square metre. The Canadians seized Passchendaele, succeeding where all others had failed, and displaying high standards of leadership, staff work and training.The Corps had suffered 16,000 casualties; nine Victoria Crosses were awarded to acknowledge the extraordinary heroism. Though the actual value of the campaign is debated to this day, one thing is certain: Canadians had been tested against the worst horrors of the Great War, and they had proven their valour.
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Raymond Collishaw and the Black Flight
Ever wondered what it would be like to fly a biplane or triplane in the First World War? Raymond Collishaw and the Black Flight takes you to the Western Front during the Great War. Experience the risks of combat and the many close calls Collishaw had as a pilot, flight commander, and squadron leader. Understand the courage Collishaw and his fellow flyers faced every day they took to the air in their small, light, and very manoeuvrable craft to face the enemy. As the third-highest-scoring flying ace among British and colonial pilots in the First World War, scoring 60 victories, Collishaw was only surpassed by Billy Bishop and Edward Mannock. This book traces Collishaw's life from humble beginnings in Nanaimo, British Columbia, to victories in the skies over France.
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Signed with Their Honor: Air Chivalry During the Two World Wars
This is the story of chivalry that occurred during aerial combat between 1914 and 1945.
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