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Behind the Glory: Canada's Role in the Allied Air War [Paperback]

Ted Barris
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Oct. 26 2010 0887627234 978-0887627231 1

In this 60th anniversary edition is Ted Barris' telling of the unique story of Canada's largest World War II expenditure – $1.75 billion in a Commonwealth-wide training scheme, based in Canada that supplied the Allied air war with nearly a quarter of a million qualified airmen. Within its five-year life-span, the BCATP supplied a continuous flow of battle-ready pilots, navigators, wireless radio operators, air gunners, flight engineers, riggers and fitters or more commonly known as ground crew, principally for the RCAF and RAF as well as the USAAF.

While the story of so many men graduating from the most impressive air training scheme in history is compelling enough, Ted Barris offers the untold story of the instructors – the men behind the glory – who taught those airmen the vital air force trades that ensure Allied victory over Europe, North Africa and the Pacific. In Winston Churchill's words, the BCATP proved "the decisive factor" in winning the Second World War. This 60th anniversary edition arrives as Canada continues to celebrate 2005 as the Year of the Veteran. Ted Barris interviewed more than 200 instructors and using their anecdotes and viewpoints he recounts the story of the flyers who coped with the dangers of training missions and the frustration of fighting the war thousands of miles away from the front without losing their enthusiasm for flying.

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Behind the Glory is a must-read for anyone interested in the Commonwealth Air Training Plan as seen through the eyes of those who served in it. That piece of Canadian history has now been given a human face, as this book recounts the memories of many who served in the plan. Their skill and dedication produced the trained air crew who ultimately won the air war over Europe.

About the Author

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 seventeen non-fiction books, including the national bestsellers Victory at Vimy and Juno.

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3.0 out of 5 stars behind the glory Feb. 6 2006
I was very motivated to buy this book as my father was a Flying officer in WW2 and part of this group in Rivers and Portage la Prairie. He was a navigational instructor. I remember one of his worst memories of this time was standing gaurd over a crash site where one of his friends had been killed. Anyway I was glad I read the book and enjoyed it. My comments are that there is some unnnecesary repetition in the facts...maybe for retention..don't know. As well, I wish there had been the ability to bring even more life to what it was like to live that life. There are a lot of factual stories stated, however it still left me wondering about more of the feelings that were occuring. I think the best history books are those that make you feel you are "there" and not looking back.
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