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Operation Husky: The Canadian Invasion of Sicily, July 10-August 7, 1943 [Paperback]

Mark Zuehlke
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March 22 2010

Now available in paperback, book seven of the Canadian Battle Series.

On July 10, 1943, twenty thousand Canadian soldiers joined two great Allied armies on the beaches of southern Sicily for Operation Husky -- the first western Allied thrust to win a toehold inside HItler's Fortress Europe.

Guarding the renowned Eighth Army's left flank, 1st Canadian Infantry division and 1st Canadian Army Tank Brigade struck out fro the sand into the island's rugged interior. In searing heat, these untried tropps clashed in ever-intensifying battle to wrest towering mountains and ancient hill towns away from the elite veterans of Germany's Hermann Goring and 1st Parachute divisions.

When Eighth Army's main drive up Sicily's estern coast stalled, General Montgomery ordered the Canadians to save the day by turning the German left flank. The fighting reached a fever pitch as the Canadians struggle dto break thourhg a series of German defensive lines. Celebreated military historian Mark Zuehlke vividly recreates this little-known campaign, which became the Canadian Army's first triumph of World War II.


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"Cements Zuehlke's position among our foremost chroniclers of Canada at war." (Globe & Mail 2008-10-27)

"Zuehlke's skill in writing battle narrative remains unsurpassed." (Quill & Quire 2008-10-27)

"Finally a book about Canadians in Sicily! Operation Husky details the Canadian army's Second World War baptism by fire." (Maclean's 2008-10-27)

"There is no question that Mark Zuehlke has become one of Canada's best historical writers." (Esprit de Corps 2008-10-27)

About the Author

Mark Zuehlke is the author of the critically acclaimed Canadian Battle Series and many other books. He has worked as a journalist, been educated as a historian and written award-winning fiction. The Canadian Battle Series is the most detailed accounting of any army during World War II ever written by a single author. In recognition of his work, Mark Zuehlke has been shortlisted for the Governor General's History Award for Excellence in Popular Media - The Pierre Berton Award. The award will be presented on Tuesday, November 19th, 2013. Zuehlke lives in Victoria, B.C.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Tenacious and Costly July 28 2010
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The author continues to make a significant contribution to recognizing and examining the role of Canada in the Second World War. I have read six of his previous efforts including those focusing on the Italian campaign: Ortona, Liri Valley, and The Gothic Line. Zuehlke's style has improved greatly from his earlier work demonstrating a more narrative and engaging style that is increasingly emulating the works of Beevor, Atkinson, and Ryan (who are my favourites). And he has not sacrificed research, detail, and accuracy in this evolution.

The Italian campaign has received increasing attention in the last decade having been relegated to a "sideshow" given the aggregate efforts in WW2. I most enjoyed the politics and planning involved in Operation Husky along with the fascinating challenges related to supply and logistics. This was a complex operation made all the harder for the Canadian contingent when their commander and other leaders were killed in a plane crash shortly before it was to begin. This introduces us to the prickly Simonds, the criticized Vokes (he took heat at Ortona but received redemption in the European campaign), and the highly-competent Hoffmeister (who later was head of Macmillan Bloedel). The tale of McNaughton is also covered here. The underlying theme is rapidly maturing Canadian forces who would make a contribution to the entire war far beyond the relative size of its young nation.

Sicily set the stage for the rest of the fight up Italy: rugged terrain, stubborn Nazi defenders led by Kesselring, Italian apathy and incompetence (soon followed by capitulation), and a tough climate. The Italian campaign veterans were unfairly labeled "D-Day Dodgers" for not having been present for the glory of invading Normandy and liberating Europe. However, this history and others covering Italy clearly demonstrate that the soldiers on both sides fought a tenacious and costly war with the Canadian losing 562 troops in Sicily alone.
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Good writing style, plenty of detail and reference backup.
Interesting read with the point of view from those that were there.
Good set of maps and photos.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book Nov. 20 2013
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Enjoyed reading about Canada's participation in the liberating of Sicily. I was extremely interested as my father served in Sicily with the Canadian Army.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read Jan. 17 2013
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This book is exactly what I expected. If you're looking for first hand history documents you need to look elsewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for Canadian war historians Sept. 13 2014
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As always, Zuehlke offers a fascinating look into the first allied battle of WWII. A great book, and it goes well with all the rest of his series of Canadian soldiers in WWII
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