Passchendaele: Canada's Triumph and Tragedy on the Fields of Flanders Hardcover – Sep 15 2008
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From the Author
I have always been fascinated by Canadian history. As a kid travelling with my parents, I forced the entire car to stop at every museum along the road no matter how big or how small.
I am not interested in writing the great tomes about which battalion moved up when. I tell the true stories of the officers and men soldiers who have been lost to time. My work is their lives, their sacrifices and their success and failures.
I have written about the men in the shell holes of Passchendaele to the soldiers fighting in Afghanistan. Each time, I feel the men and women who have given their lives for our country looking over my shoulder. They seem to be saying "Please get it right, we deserve at least that."
Today I speak around the world on Canadian military history, and am a consultant on historical movies and documentaries. I am a senior volunteer with both the Military Museums and Lougheed House in Calgary, am the Managing Editor of "Honour Magazine" and lecture at many colleges and Universities. For that kid who stopped at every museum it can't get any better.
About the Author
Norman Leach is a historian, freelance writer and professional speaker from Calgary, Alberta. He graduated with a degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Manitoba, and he now gives speeches around the world on Canadian military history.
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The book brought him right back to the stories he'd always heard concerning the particular horrors of The Great War. He found the book very compelling in the telling of the filthy conditions soldiers were subjected to, maybe more so than WWII he thought, and was very sympathetic to the suffering these soldiers experienced.
He was also struck by the wonderful format of the book, it's pictorial telling of the story which he said kept him turning the pages. It's clean and concise presentation was easy to follow and he thought it was very well researched. As a member of the 6th Canadian Bomber Command, he felt lucky to have managed his war experience in better conditions than the soldiers who fought through the mud of Passchendeale.
As for myself, I'm a typical baby-boomer that has only a cursory knowledge of WWI and finding this little gem of a book has made me realize there are probably many untold stories of heroic Canadians in war situations.
Thank you for this marvelous story.
This book was very difficult to put down. I would highly recommend that anyone with the slightest interest in history read this book.
The Western Front Association
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I bought this book as a gift, so no personal experience with it. It contains lots of photos & short reads, so great if that is what you are looking for ... rather a longer book.Published 13 months ago by D. Carter
This is a very thin book with little more than pictures. No real substance to it. Would probably not have bought it if I knew in advance the number of pages it contains. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2010 by Dave J Bushell
This book is a good introduction to the history of Passchendaele. It has lots of pictures, so it can interest younger readers in history, and the writting gives us a nice broad... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2010 by D. Bullard
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