Terrible Victory: First Canadian Army and the Scheldt Estuary Campaign, September 13 November 6, 1944
Written by Mark Zuehlke.
Published by Douglas & McIntyre Ltd., 2007. Paperback edition published 2008.
|Drawing on personal diaries, military records, and interviews
with veterans, Terrible Victory dramatically depicts Canada's role in
the Battle of the Scheldt.
On September 4, 1944, Antwerp, Europe's largest port, fell to the Second British Army and it seemed the war would soon be won. But Antwerp was of little value unless the West Scheldt Estuary linking it to the North Sea was also in Allied hands. Opening the Scheldt approaches fell to First Canadian Armywhich was still fighting on the French coast.
To open Antwerp at any cost, First Canadian Army slammed hard against heavily entrenched German forces ordered to die in place. For 55 days, a titanic contest between two equally determined foes ensuedfought at close quarters in ground devoid of protective cover and in appalling conditions where each day was colder and wetter than the one before. All of the Canadians courage, endurance, sacrifice, and skill were required to turn potential tragedy into triumph.
In Terrible Victory, acclaimed military historian Mark Zuehlke vividly recreates these days in rich detail to return this largely forgotten story of Firsts Canadian Army's bloodiest, most hard-won campaign to the historical prominence it deserves.
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
Holding Juno: Canada's Heroic Defence of the D-Day Beaches, June 712, 1944
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
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