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Par J. L Granatstein. 1993
Granatstein's study of life at the top during the Second World War centres on the most senior ranks in the…Canadian Army. Men like Andrew McNaughton, Harold Crerar, Thomas Burns and Guy Simonds had not only to win military campaigns, but also command the sympathies of bureaucrats and powerful politicians. None, however, forgot they were fighting a war, and that their decisions directly affected the lives of Canadian soldiers. 1993.
Par Yadi Sharifirad. 2010
Sharifirad was shot down in the Iraqi-Iranian war in the early 1990s, saved by a group of local Kurds, and…eventually returned to Iran where he became a national hero. The Ayatollah sent him to Pakistan as military attaché, but when he returned to Teheran, he was accused of being a CIA spy and was imprisoned, interrogated, and tortured. Upon his release, despite constant surveillance, he resolved to smuggle his family out of the country. Some descriptions of sex and violence, some strong language. 2010.
Par C. J Chivers. 2018
Almost 2.5 million Americans have served in Afghanistan or Iraq since September 11, 2001. C.J. Chivers has reported from both…fronts from the beginning, walking side by side with combatants for more than a dozen years. He describes the experience of war today as it is endured by those most at risk-the camaraderie and profound sense of purpose, alongside courage, frustration, and moral confusion mixed with technical precision. In these remote places where the reason for their presence is sometimes not clear, these young men kill or are killed, facing palpable and often constant threat of ambush or hidden bombs. They repeatedly return, rushing toward danger, often to rescue the wounded in wars that escalate around them as the Pentagon changes doctrines and plans. Weaving a history of the war through troops' experiences, the characters in The Fighters climb into an F-14 cockpit for the opening strikes after the attacks of 9/11, hunt for Osama bin Laden along the Pakistani border, chase insurgent rocket teams with helicopters alongside American bases, face snipers in a hostile city in Anbar Province in Iraq, and engage in deadly counterguerilla warfare in the soaring mountains of the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan. Some suffer terribly. All are changed. They return home, uncertain of their place in the world and what their wars have achieved. 2018.
Par Sean Rossiter. 2002
From the dawn of aviation, Canada has produced intrepid pilots of renown. Learning their craft in some of the most…difficult conditions anywhere, many of these flyers became expert pilots, navigators and mechanics. These great Canadians pilots were among the highest-scoring Allied aces of both world wars. 2002.
Par Otto Dietrich. 2010
When Otto Dietrich was invited in 1933 to become Adolf Hitler's press chief, he accepted with the simple uncritical conviction…that Adolf Hitler was a great man, dedicated to promoting peace and welfare for the German people. At the end of the war, imprisoned and disillusioned, Otto Dietrich sat down to write what he had seen and heard in twelve years of the closest association with Hitler. c2010. Uniform title: 12 Jahre mit Hitler.
Par Tom Brokaw. 1998
Recalling his coverage of the fortieth anniversary of D-Day in 1984, reporter Brokaw describes World War II veterans as "the…greatest generation any society has produced." Profiles individuals who sacrificed for their country, including Thomas Broderick--who founded the Blinded Veterans Association--and businessman Bob Bush, who lost an eye in a heroic rescue mission. Bestseller. 1998.
Par Lawrence Hill, Joshua Key. 2007
2002. Author Key enlisted in the U.S. Army to learn a trade and provide for his family, and was assured…that he would never see combat. Instead, he was sent to Iraq to hunt for terrorists, a mission that involved beating civilians, kidnapping, and destroying homes and families. While on a two-week furlough, Key decided he couldn't go back to Iraq, and took his family to Canada. 2007.
Par Hans Werner. 2013
A unique account of a life shaped by Stalinism, Nazism, migration, famine, and war. John Werner was a survivor. Born…in the Soviet Union just after the Bolshevik Revolution, he was named Hans and grew up in a German-speaking Mennonite community in Siberia. As a young man in Stalinist Russia, he became Ivan and fought as a Red Army soldier in the Second World War. Captured by Germans, he was resettled in occupied Poland where he became Johann, was naturalized and drafted into Hitler’s German army where he served until captured and placed in an American POW camp. Eventually he was released and immigrated to Canada, where he became John. 2013.
Par Jeffry V Brock. 1981
Par David Chandler. 1993
This volume covers every battle and campaign that Napoleon personally ever conducted. The author has made it possible to view…the whole of Napoleon's military career and to assess the characteristics which brought him years of victory and ultimate defeat. 1993. If you request this book on CD it will be on 2 or more CDs. You must play the first CD to the end before playing the next CD.
Par Wesley B Turner. 2011
A biography of Major General Sir Isaac Brock, describing his life, career, and legacy, particularly in the Canadas, and the…context within which he lived. An unlikely hero of the War of 1812, he was admired by his American foes almost as much as by his own people. Even more striking was how a British general whose military role in that two-and-a-half-year war lasted less than five months became its best known hero, and one revered far and wide. 2011.
Par John L Ransom. 1988
Ransom was 20 when he was captured and made prisoner of war in 1863 at Andersonville, Georgia. In prison, he…was surrounded by death, disease and cruelty, but he survived to write this true account. 1988.
Par Benson Bobrick, Benjamin Webb Baker. 2003
The author tells the story of Benjamin "Webb" Baker, his great-grandfather. Webb enlisted in the Union Army in 1861 and…thereafter suffered through horrid conditions in camp and absolute hell in combat. Also contains a heretofore unreleased collection of Webb's letters. 2003.
Par Valerie Fortney. 2010
On May 17, 2006, Forward Observation Officer Captain Nichola Goddard earned a tragic place in Canadian history: she became the…first female Canadian soldier to die in combat, in Afghanistan. Born to left-wing pacifists, Nichola was an unlikely soldier, but she maintained a fierce loyalty to her profession. Fortney profiles the life of a woman who consistently defied societally-imposed constraints. Explicit strong language, explicit descriptions of violence, and some descriptions of sex. c2010.
Par Robert J Kershaw. 2009
Ex-soldier and military historian Robert Kershaw brings to life the grime, the grease and the fury of a tank battle…through the voices of ordinary men and women who lived and fought in those fearsome machines. This text draws on newly researched personal testimony from the crucial battles of the First and Second World Wars. 2009.
Par Edwin Campion Vaughan. 1988
The journal of eight months in the life of a 19-year-old British officer during 1917. Vaughan's description of the Battle…of Ypres tells of costly struggles for pillboxes, brief friendships that developed between enemies, and the wounded drowning in shell holes. 1980.
Par Amy Shively Hawk, John McCain. 2017
In 1967, US Air Force fighter pilot James Shively was shot down over North Vietnam. After ejecting from his F-105…Thunderchief aircraft, he landed in a rice paddy and was captured by the North Vietnamese Army. For the next six years, Shively endured brutal treatment at the hands of the enemy in Hanoi prison camps. Back home, his beloved girlfriend Nancy eventually moved on and married another man. Bound in iron stocks at the Hanoi Hilton, unable to get home to his loved ones, Shively contemplated suicide. Yet somehow he found hope--and he became determined to help his fellow POWs survive. 2017.
Shoot like a girl: one woman's dramatic fight in Afghanistan and on the home front (Lone Star audio)
Par Mary Jennings Hegar. 2017
An Air National Guard officer describes her experiences after being shot down on a Medevac mission in Afghanistan, and her…efforts to convince the U.S. government to allow women to serve openly on the front lines. 2017.
Par Alex Henshaw. 1999
Sequal to 'The flight of the Mew Gull'. Alex Henshaw, after his success in races and record flights in the…1930's asked for something useful to do in 1939, and fairly soon found himself assisting the chief test pilot at the vast Castle Bromwich factory where Spitfires were built for 6 years, and where he and his fellows flew over 37,000 flights in nearly 13,000 aircraft, often in unspeakable conditions.1999.
Follows the Canadian fighting forces during the battles of Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele, and the Hundred Days campaign, through…the eyes of the soldiers who fought and died in the trenches, and based on newly uncovered sources. The Canadian fighting forces never lost a battle during the final 2 years of the war, and although they paid a terrible price, they were indeed, as British Prime Minister David Lloyd George exclaimed, the shock troops of the Empire. Companion to "At the sharp end" (DC32639). Some descriptions of sex and descriptions of violence. 2009.