Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy: Second Edition

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2014 - History - 344 pages

With Fields of Fire, Terry Copp challenges the conventional view that the Canadian contribution to the Battle of Normandy was a failure that the allies won only through the use of brute force, and that the Canadian soldiers and commanding officers were essentially incompetent. His detailed and impeccably researched analysis of what actually happened on the battlefield portrays a flexible, innovative army that made a major, and successful, contribution to the defeat of the German forces in just seventy-six days.

Challenging both existing interpretations of the campaign and current approaches to military history, Copp examines the Battle of Normandy, tracking the soldiers over the battlefield terrain and providing an account of each operation carried out by the Canadian army. In so doing, he illustrates the valour, skill, and commitment of the Allied citizen-soldier in the face of a well-entrenched and well-equipped enemy army.

This new edition of Copp's best-selling, award-winning history includes a new introduction that examines the strategic background of the Battle of Normandy.

 

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Contents

2 DDay
33
3 The Bridgehead
59
4 The Battles for Caen
77
5 Stalemate?
107
6 Operation Goodwood Atlantic
131
7 Operation Spring
157
8 Falaise
185
9 Victory in Normandy?
215
LETTER TO FORMATION COMMANDERS
269
CANADIAN ARMY FATALITIES JUNEAUGUST 1944
277
UNIT DEFICIENCIES JUNEAUGUST 1944
279
PRISONERS OF WAR
280
NOTES
281
BIBLIOGRAPHY
321
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
329
INDEX
331

A New Balance Sheet
253

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About the author (2014)

Terry Copp is a Canadian military historian, director emeritus of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, and a professor emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is an award-winning author of more than twenty books on Canada's role in the World Wars and an influential advocate for military history in both military and civilian education.

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