Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory June 6, 1944

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D & M Publishers, Jul 1, 2009 - History - 352 pages
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On June 6, 1944 the greatest armada in history stood off Normandy and the largest amphibious invasion ever began as 107,000 men aboard 6,000 ships pressed toward the coast. Among this number were 18,000 Canadians, who were to land on a five-mile long stretch of rocky ledges fronted by a wide expanse of sand. Code named Juno Beach. Here, sheltered inside concrete bunkers and deep trenches, hundreds of German soldiers waited to strike the first assault wave with some ninety 88-millimetre guns, fifty mortars, and four hundred machineguns. A four-foot-high sea wall ran across the breadth of the beach and extending from it into the surf itself were ranks of tangled barbed wire, tank and vessel obstacles, and a maze of mines.

Of the five Allied forces landing that day, they were scheduled to be the last to reach the sand. Juno was also the most exposed beach, their day’s objectives eleven miles inland were farther away than any others, and the opposition awaiting them was believed greater than that facing any other force. At battle's end one out of every six Canadians in the invasion force was either dead or wounded. Yet their grip on Juno Beach was firm.
 

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3.5 stars Canadian soldiers were a big part of the D-Day invasion in WWII. They were to take Juno Beach while the British took Gold and Sword Beaches and the Americans took Omaha and Utah Beaches ... Read full review

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D-Day was a complicated event and trying to describe what happened in a 414 page book takes some doing. I know Zuehlke must have given short shift to many things, but this is still an amazing picture ... Read full review

Contents

Merry Hell
181
The Real Thing
198
Go Go Go
210
PART THREE breakout
223
Nothing for Shame
225
In Good Fettle
239
An Awful Shambles
257
A Fairly Rugged Day
272

Death or Glory
57
The Intelligence Fog
71
Spoiling for a Fight
88
To Die Gloriously
99
PART TWO battle for the beach
117
No Bands or Cheering Crowds
119
Stick to the Objective
137
All Aflame
153
Roll Me Over Lay Me Down
165
Beginning of the End
283
appendix
293
At All Costs
310
epilogue
344
Notes
363
Bibliography
391
General Index
401
Index of Formations Units and Corps
411
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About the author (2009)

A full-time writer since 1980, Mark Zuehlke had published several hundred magazine and newspaper articles before turning in the early 1990s to primarily writing books. He has since established himself as a prolific non-fiction book author and more recently as a novelist. Currently he focuses mostly on writing military history, particularly books regarding the experience of Canadians at war. But to keep from getting too narrowly focused, he is also publishing a mystery series, writing other fiction, ghost writing, teaching writing workshops, and doing some consulting and research work.

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