- Hardcover: 392 pages
- Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division; 2nd Revised edition edition (June 20 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802037305
- ISBN-13: 978-0802037305
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 3.7 x 23.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 744 g
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #613,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy Hardcover – Jun 20 2003
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Using the texts of his 1998 Joanne Goodman Lectures at the University of Western Ontario, acclaimed Canadian military historian Terry Copp has written the best book on the Battle of Normandy to appear in years. Simply put, Fields of Fire is revisionist historical scholarship at its finest and superb military history. Professor Copp's purpose is never in doubt: "The argument of this study is that the evidence demonstrates that the achievement of the Allied and especially Canadian armies in Normandy has been greatly underrated the defeat and near destruction of two German armies in just seventy-six days was one of the most remarkable military victories of the Second World War." To support these assertions Copp examines in detail the individual actions of the Canadian battalions as they fought their way inland to Caen and Falaise over the summer of 1944. He takes note of the decisions that were taken on the fields of battle and he provides the context for each individual action. He refutes the oft-repeated criticism of the Allies for their failure to overcome easily the 12th SS Panzer Division and other elements of the battle-hardened Wehrmacht. This book is not based on theory; this is "military history without Clausewitz," as Copp calls it, based on detailed historical research in all the right kinds of sources supported by the author's conviction that to know the subject the historian must get out and walk around the battlefields. Perhaps this carefully crafted and highly readable revisionist work will encourage its readers to visit the battlefields, too, and reconsider the Battle of Normandy. --William Newbigging
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'Full of new material, this is a provocative and challenging interpretation by a master of Canada's military history.'
'With Fields of Fire, we have a new, fresh, and nuanced model for understanding the Normandy campaign ... Copp's command of detail is impressive, and his ability to weave that detail into a compelling narrative even more so. He attacks decades-old orthodoxies regarding the Canadian army's performance in Normandy, and advances a new and convincing interpretation of the campaign. Using entirely new kinds of evidence, particularly an intimate knowledge of the terrain and the evidence gleaned from specialists in operational research, he demonstrates that Canadian brigades were effective and efficient in battle ... Copp never loses sight of the lowly foot soldier who actually did the fighting; this is a kind of military history that really understands the many challenges faced by those in the front lines.'See all Product description
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If you're interested in having your eyes opened to what the fighting in Normandy was really like, read this book. No, the Canadians weren't supermen, but they weren't inept either. They, like their German counterparts, fought long and hard against difficult odds. This book goes a long way to provide some much needed balance to the story of Normandy. The 3rd Canadian Infantry Division came ashore on the 6th of June and did themselves, their country and the cause of freedom proud. Don't believe me? Read the book. Terry Copp is among the finest military historians writing today. Check out his sources, no Stephen Ambrose here, this guy does real research.
Amazing history book, well worth the hard cover price; it'll likely sit on your bookshelf as an heirloom, relied upon for essays and presentations through generations of frazzled students as I once was. Thank you Mr. Copp.
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