Shock Troops Canadians Fighting The Great War 1917-18 Hardcover – Sep 30 2008
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About the Author
TIM COOK is the Great War historian at the Canadian War Museum, as well as an adjunct professor at Carleton University. His books have won numerous awards, including the 2008 J.W. Dafoe Prize for At the Sharp End and the 2009 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for Shock Troops. In 2013, he received the Pierre Berton Award for popularizing Canadian history. He lives in Ottawa with his family.
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While recounting the course of the battles that Canada was involved in, he also keeps our interest by telling the intimate stories of the men who wore the Maple leaf. He resists the urge to have us believe that Canada was the sole reason for the allies success and is fair in his criticism and praise of the military and political characters in this sad drama.
This is a very readable book and one that should be in the library of every Canadian. Can't wait to see what he does with the next book on Currie and Hughes.
the strategies, tactics and action of battalions, groups and heroes of each battle in graphic detail. It is based on National Archives data previously locked up and pictures archived in the CMC. Short sentences and direct quotes interspersed with descriptions keep the narrative going at a fast pace. Without hyperbole or sentimentality, the author uses the victims' or witnesses' own words to convey the impact of horrific conditions, killing and destruction. The tone of the narrative is bitter sweet wherever possible and consistently proud. I was particularly interested to find out about shell shock, executions, trench community life, morale, family contacts, illnesses, leave and many other broader topics, all excellently covered.This is a valuable document for anyone wishing to know exactly what his or her relative did or didn't endure.It is a very good, readable, competent book and I recommend it to others. However, my advice to readers who might get bored by so many meticulous, comprehensive accounts of successive
battles, or who don't identify excitedly with battle manoeuvers, is to skip ahead.References to events further from Cook's topic, such as the Brest-Titovsk Treaty between Germany and Russia, should be checked out with other sources. And come prepared. All the way through it will seem like you are right there, ready to do or die, and that's not easy!
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Emotional to read about the huge Canadian contribution and sacrifice in WW1.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Volume One and Volume Two of this thoroughly-researched history book really need to be read together. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Cliff McKay
Without doubt, the most comprehensive and personal presentation to date of Canada's involvement and the influence of her front-line soldiers through the Great War . . . Read morePublished on July 28 2014 by jay schroeder
Canadian forces became the sharp point of the Allied effort in Europe, and were used by the British as Shock Troops, hence the title. Read morePublished on May 28 2014 by Robert T. Boyter
This was a great gift. Unique and worth the money.
Ordered it one day and it was here in no time.
I have yet to start this book, but its precursor is amazing. I actually cannot begin to go over how grateful I am that this arrived on time.Published on Sept. 11 2013 by Sarah Toop
Tim Cook is one of the foremost historians writing on the Great War, a writer whose work I value. I'm glad to own this account, which sits next to his equally fine work, AT THE... Read morePublished on May 14 2013 by RobC
It didn't take me long to get into the second volume of Cook's history of Canada's role in WW I after having enjoyed the first one. Read morePublished on April 1 2010 by Ian Gordon Malcomson
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