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  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Coteau Books; 1 edition (Sept. 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550503995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550503999
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 23.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan L. Hunter on Sept. 21 2008
Format: Hardcover
I shared this wonderful book with a WWII veteran friend and watched as he devoured the book in one sitting. He declared it "a most enjoyable read" and said while not ever meeting anyone who'd been involved in this particular battle, he'd always known about the Passchendaele conflict.
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Curtis Mullen on Oct. 11 2008
Format: Hardcover
It was with great anticipation that I purchased and read Passchendaele. The compelling story of how Canada came of age was superbly written by Mr. Leach. As the history of WW 1 and specifically this part the war is virtually unknown to most Canadians, Mr. Leach makes this part of Canadian history come alive. We can almost taste and feel how our soldiers lived in the muck and grime.

This book was very difficult to put down. I would highly recommend that anyone with the slightest interest in history read this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Williams on Sept. 28 2008
Format: Hardcover
I very much enjoyed the recent book Passchendaele by Norman Leach. It is not an standard military history tome but rather an accessible survey of the events leading up to and during the Battle of Passendaele.This book would serve as a good introduction to anyone who is interested in understanding Canada's role in the "Great War" but also would appeal to readers with some knowledge of Canada's substantial contribution to the Allied military effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leonard G. Shurtleff on Sept. 29 2008
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Leach's book, though intended for young adult readers, will inform adults as well about this 1917 battle in which the Canadian Corps played a major part. This work is profusely illustrated with modern and contemporary photos and tightly crafted. The author was a consultant in the making of the film "Passchendaele" released this fall in Canada.

Len Shurtleff
The Western Front Association
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