Terrible Victory

Terrible Victory

First Canadian Army and the Scheldt Estuary Campaign, September 13-November 6, 1944

Book - 2007
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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. In his greatest blunder of the war, Field Marshal Montgomery turned his back on the port, leaving the First Canadian Army to fight its way up the long coastal flank. By the time the Canadians and others serving with them reached the area, it had been transformed into a fortress manned by troops ordered to fight to the death. Crushing the Nazi defenders required all of the Canadians' courage, endurance and skill. The battle that raged until November was Canada's bloodiest of World War II, costing more than 6,000 casualties.
Publisher: Vancouver : Douglas & McIntyre, c2007.
ISBN: 9781553652274
Characteristics: 545 pages, [16] pages of ports :,illustrations, maps ;,24 cm.


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Apr 09, 2019

Canada-centric history of the Battle for the Rhineland. Covers startegy, personalities, topography, weather conditions, skirmishes - as planned and as exexuted, resourcing, and individual stories of heroism. That is quite a lot to accomplish!
Readers should reference the appendices early and frequently so that they understand the different levels of military organization of which he speaks - armies, corps, groups, divisions, brigades, companies, regiments, and platoons. Very important to appreciate the strengths of the group of which one reads.
I am on to another of the author's books.

Jan 11, 2018

Another great book by Mark Zuehlke these battles are some of the toughest battles won and lost by the Canadians Zuehike went personally to these battle areas while researching this book. I followed these battles the best I could using google earth to follow the routes taken by the Canadians in this book

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