Holding Juno: Canada's Heroic Defence of the D-Day Beaches, June 7 12, 1944
Written by Mark Zuehlke.
Published by Douglas & McIntyre Ltd., 2006.
|With his usual verve and narrative skill, historian Mark Zuehlke
chronicles the crucial six days when Canadians saved the vulnerable beachheads
they had won during the D-Day landings.
D-Day ended with the Canadians six miles inlandthe deepest penetration achieved by Allied forces during this longest day in history. But for all the horror endured on June 6 every soldier knew the worst was yet to come.
The Germans began probing the Canadian lines early in the morning of June 7 and shortly after dawn counter attacked in force. The ensuing six days of battle between a Canadian division determined to widen its hold on the beachhead and an equally determined foe intent on eliminating Juno Beach was to prove bloodier than D-Day itself. Although battered and bloody, the Canadians had held their ground and made it possible for the slow advance toward Germany and eventual Allied victory to begin.
Holding Juno recreates this pivotal battle and the ultimate triumph of Canadian arms through the eyes of the soldiers who fought it.
Also from Mark Zuehlke:
Brave Battalion: The Remarkable Saga of the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) in the First World War
Canadian Military Atlas: Four Centuries of Conflict from New France to Kosovo
On To Victory: The Canadian Liberation of the Netherlands, March 23 May 5, 1945
Operation Husky: The Canadian Invasion of Sicily, July 10 August 7, 1943
Terrible Victory: First Canadian Army and the Scheldt Estuary Campaign, September 13 November 6, 1944
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