The Brigade: The Fifth Canadian Infantry Brigade In World War Ii by Terry CoppThe Brigade: The Fifth Canadian Infantry Brigade In World War Ii by Terry Copp

The Brigade: The Fifth Canadian Infantry Brigade In World War Ii

byTerry Copp

Paperback | October 17, 2007

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Battalion- and company-level account of the vital contributions of Canadian soldiers to victory in Europe in World War IIBased on war diaries, casualty reports, and after-action interviewsThe author is one of Canada's preeminent military historiansConsisting of the Calgary Highlanders, the Black Watch, and the French-speaking Règiment de Maisonneuve, the 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade landed in France in early July 1944 as part of British General Bernard Montgomery's 21st Army Group. That summer, the brigade participated in hellish battles in Normandy, including Caen and Verriéres Ridge. The 5th went on to distinguish itself in Belgium, where it endured foul weather and fierce resistance near Antwerp in October 1944, and ended the war with bloody streetfighting in the towns of Holland.
Terry Copp is professor emeritus of history and director of the Laurier Centre for Military, Strategic and Disarmament Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Canadian military history, including Cinderella Army: The Canadians in Northwest Europe, 1944-1945 (0-8020-3925-1) and...
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Title:The Brigade: The Fifth Canadian Infantry Brigade In World War IiFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.67 inPublished:October 17, 2007Publisher:Stackpole BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0811734226

ISBN - 13:9780811734226

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The European campaign from the Canadian soldier's perspective The book "The Brigade - The Fifth Canadian Infantry Brigade in WWII" provides a first-hand account of the fighting in Northwest Europe as experienced by Canadian troops of the Calgary Highlanders, Black Watch and Régiment de Maisonneuve. Based on official records, war diaries, correspondence and interviews, the book describes the early days of recruiting and training in Canada, further training and defense in Great Britain, the Brigade's arrival in the Normandy bridgehead after D-Day, and its actions from there on. The result is a battalion and even company-level portrait of the realities of the Canadian infantryman, from the shortages of standard uniforms and of modern weapons to train with, to individual accomplishments in the field. The narrative also highlights the differences between the Canadian military's practices and doctrine and those of its "parent", the British Army, and brings to light the specific issues associated with the integration of French-speaking units into an otherwise mostly English-speaking army. Overall, the book provides a refreshing, close-up view of the Canadian foot soldier's contribution to the European campaign. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-01-04