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J. L. Granatstein and Desmond Morton.

Toronto, Lester & Orpen Dennys, c1984.
240pp, cloth, $24.95.
ISBN 0-88619-046-0.

Grades 11 and up.

Reviewed by J. D. Ingram.

Volume 12 Number 6
1984 November

June 6, 1984 was for many, one of those significant historical anniversaries, the fortieth anniversary of D-Day. One of several books published in recognition of this event is Bloody Victory. Written by two very accomplished Canadian historians, it traces the Canadian involvement in the invasion of Europe from its prelude through to August 1944. In the course of this invasion, place names like Caen and Falaise ring synonymously with the Canadian achievement.

In Normandy, "Canadians had no voice in strategy. They were its instruments struggling to find the tactics to fight an enemy that always seemed better trained and far better armed."

The struggle was a bitter one, and casualties were high. For the Black Watch at Verrières Ridge, 123 were killed. One of the few survivors was asked why he had gone forward to such certain doom. "I guess," he replied, "that that's what they expected from the Black Watch." To the authors, the men of the Canadian army, "mastered their craft in the crucible of war, and in doing so they destroyed the flower of the German army..."' They conclude that those participants in battle forty years ago deserve to be remembered by their country.

The explicit and well-organized prose of Bloody Victory is enhanced by four photo album sections with over a hundred pictures and paintings. These photos and war art are well reproduced and add a telling dimension to this story. In addition there are five maps, not all of which are easy to follow. A special section entitled "Among Those Heroes Present", includes two dozen men chosen at random by the authors. These men performed heroically on the beaches and inland. A "Further Reading" section comments on the literature on this period of the Second World War.

Morton and Granatstein argue history must be written anew for each generation. This is a timely and important book for Canadians. Too often the Canadian contribution in the war has been given second or third place behind the Americans and the British. Thanks to Morton and Granatstein and a number of other Canadian authors, Canadians are given greater and more deserved attention.

J. D. Ingram, Gordon Bell H. S., Winnipeg, MB.
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