Based on the experiences of more than eight thousand evacuees, this is both an important historical record and an emotional documentary of the 1939 evacuation of British civilians to homes thought to be safe from the threat of German bombs.
This book is the first substantial attempt to chronicle the entire airborne experience, spanning over fifty-six years. Although often viewed as outcasts and pariahs, Canada's intrepid paratroopers have always represented the best combat soldiers this country has been able to offer. Renowned for their courage, initiative, physical prowess, and indomitable spirit, the nation's paratroopers have always represented the proficiency of the Canadian army. Aided by 400-plus dramatic photographs and a meticulously researched text, it opens the history and operational contribution of Canada's airborne forces to the public eye. From its beginnings as 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion in 1942 through the disbandment of the Canadian Airborne Regiment in 1995 and its aftermath it affirms the necessity of parachute capability. It is a tribute to their professionalism and tenacity.
In Where the Hell Are the Guns?, author George Blackburn returns to the early years of the Second World War. This volume which completes Blackburns award-winning trilogy, extending its coverage to the entire war brings wartime Canada and England to life in captivating, often comic, detail. With the skill of a novelist and the instincts of a seasoned reporter, this gifted storyteller traces the evolution of Canadas 4th Field Regiment from a motley assortment of ill-equipped recruits to the cream of the Allied artillery, more than ready to distinguish itself in the maelstrom of the battle for Normandy.
The Second World War comes to a generation of Canadians one sunny September weekend in 1939. It is a Canada woefully unprepared for conflict, and 4th Field Regiment is rapidly assembled from a grab-bag of volunteers from all walks of life many of them mavericks and misfits from a depression-ravaged land. The regiment passes its first year in Canada in makeshift accommodation, including hastily converted stables and pigsties in the exhibition grounds of Ottawa and Toronto. For the first few months the soldiers must wear incomplete and moth-eaten uniforms from the Great War, and their early training is conducted using obsolete equipment or no equipment at all. One year into the war, the regiment arrives in England without weapons or vehicles, and a month later, with Britain moving toward the greatest crisis in her history, the regiment is finally equipped with guns French ones with wooden wheels, dating from 1898.
From these inauspicious beginnings, the regiment slowly evolves with mishap and occasionally mayhem along the way into a proud and polished regiment, which in 1942 is declared the best field regiment in Britain. By the time the Allied troops land on the beaches in Normandy, the boys of 4th Field are more than ready to go to war.
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 Canadas 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.