In honour of the brave men and women that serve and have served in the Canadian Armed Forces, and to honour the many who have given the ultimate sacrifice; we will be promoting books each day this week that shed light on what it is like to serve.
Today we honour those who fought and died in World War II. Canadians fought on land, in the seas, and in the skies in both the Pacific and European theatres of war. Almost 47,000 Canadians were killed, over 58,000 were wounded, over 8,900 were taken prisoner.
Today we have chosen a selection of books that we hope provide a look at the numerous ways Canadians took part in World War II.
Canadian and British airmen engaged in fierce and deadly battles in the skies over Europe during the Second World War. These are the stories of those who survived and overcame incredible obstacles – dodging bullets, escaping from burning planes, and evading capture by German troops.
These painstakingly researched stories will enable you to feel what now-aging veterans endured when they were young men in the air war against Nazi Germany.
White Ensign Flying tells the story of HMCS Trentonian, a Canadian corvette that fought U-Boats in the Second World War. Using interviews and first-hand accounts, the unique personal perspectives of those who served on the Trentonian give an intimate insight into the life of a sailor.
Formed in World War II, 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion were an incredible group of Canadians, with a remarkable reputation; the they never failed to complete a mission, and they never gave up an objective once taken. Into the Maelstrom provides an unrivaled and thorough summary of uniforms, equipment and insignia researched from primary sources, backed by a great selection of photographs, many from private collections.
Edmund Cosgrove recounts the lives of Canada’s outstanding pilots and their exploits in the two world wars. From the brilliant individualists who flew in the First World War to the tough and dedicated bomber crews of the Second, this is the story of Canadian airmen and their remarkable contribution to the war effort. This is an essential book for any aviation and history enthusiast.
This is an in-depth look at the history and legacy of HMCS Oakville, a Canadian World War II corvette that fought in the Battle of the Atlantic, and was one of the few corvettes to sink a U-boat. From its creation through its christening off the shores of its namesake town, its exploits at sea, the famous encounter with U-94, and the ship’s lackluster end, Oakville’s is a story that showcases not only our nation’s proud naval heritage, but also the importance of remembrance.
The 1st Special Service Force, the Devil’s Brigade, was an American-Canadian strike force was created in 1942. The Brigade was only active for two and a half years, but their exploits earned them a fierce reputation. This book recounts their actions in the European theatre of war and how they earned the nickname, “The Devil’s Brigade”.
We hope you are able to take time this week and reflect on the men and women that have served, and continue to serve our great nation.
Please check back with our site each day this week as we highlight some of our favourite books about the Canadian Armed Forces.
If you would like to read more about our Canadian Armed forces, past and present, please check out our Canadian Armed Forces section.
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