Juno: Canadians at D-Day, June 6, 1944

Hardcover | January 24, 2004

byTed BarrisForeword byJohn Keegan

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On June 6, 1944, nearly 15,000 Canadians - at sea, in the air, and on the ground - joined the long-anticipated D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe on the Normandy beaches. The piece of ground on which the Canadians fought so hard against heavily armed and embedded German troops was codenamed Juno. On that day, the Canadian infantry fought their way farther inland than any other Allied troops. For Canada, and all Canadians, this was a coming of age, an extraordinary moment of courage and sacrifice.

On the eve of the 60th anniversary of D-Day, Barris takes us back to those momentous few hours that forever changed the course of our history in the voices of those who were there. In what might be described as Canada's longest day, we follow the course of action hour by hour, minute by minute, as we meet and follow the soldiers who leapt off landing craft into the shallow waters off Normandy, who were strafed by machinegun fire before they could even reach the shore. We meet the airmen who flew fighters and bombers in the early hours of the summer morning, as well as the sailors who manned the guns of the ships offshore.

Ted Barris has interviewed hundreds of veterans to piece together one of Canada's proudest days, and one of the most significant battles of our time.

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On June 6, 1944, nearly 15,000 Canadians - at sea, in the air, and on the ground - joined the long-anticipated D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe on the Normandy beaches. The piece of ground on which the Canadians fought so hard against heavily armed and embedded German troops was codenamed Juno. On that day, the Canadian infantry ...

Ted Barris is an accomplished author, journalist and broadcaster.  As well as hosting stints on CBC Radio and regular contributions to The Globe and Mail, the National Post, and various national magazines, he is a full-time professor of journalism at Centennial College in Toronto.  Barris has authored fifteen non-fiction books, includi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.12 inPublished:January 24, 2004Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0887621333

ISBN - 13:9780887621338

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Juno: Canadians at D-Day This is an excellent read. The book is half novel and half history. By doing this Ted Barris has avoided boring the reader with dry military history, while still acomplishing a good deal of pedagogy. The highlight of the book is in the final chapter which follows Canadians to the opening of the Juno Beach Center in 2003. Their military stories are told in the body of the book and then their emotional involvement is made available with this final chapter. Juno: Canadians at D-Day is one of the better works of Canadian historical reading.
Date published: 2004-04-21

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...the content is carefully referenced and could easily serve as a textbook on the subject. - St. Albert & Sturgeon Gazette