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The Fighting Canadians

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In The Fighting Canadians, David J. Bercuson tells Canadian history through the eyes, ears and colours of Canadian regiments. From the 17th century, when the “Good Regiment,” the Carignan-salières, fought the Mohawks at Courcelles, to the Newfoundland Regiment’s valiant but brutal stand at Beaumont-Hamel in the Battle of the somme, from the Winnipeg Grenadiers’ engagement with the Japanese in the Battle of Hong Kong to the Princess Patricias’ trial by fire in the war in Afghanistan, Bercuson tells the story of brave men and women at war.

The Fighting Canadians is a celebration of and a testament to the centuries-old tradition that lives on to this day, a venerable system that those now fighting in Afghanistan depend upon as they, too, face a terrible but necessary task.

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Critical Praise

“An eye-opening and constantly interesting martial history of Canada . . . with this history, Bercuson has done us all a service, and for that we should salute him.” —The Globe and Mail

“Another dandy Bercuson outing, a highly readable overview of our military at war.” —Toronto Star

“A delightful read. . . . Bercuson is rigorous in his research and compelling in his arguments.” —Calgary Herald

“Extremely compelling . . . Bercuson shines a rare spotlight on the relationship between thsoe who have done the fighting for this country and the colours under which they have fought.” —Peter Mansbridge

“Good history and a good argument. A well-written and hard-headed defence of the Canadian army’s regimental system by one of Canada’s leading historians.” —J.L. Granatstein, author of Who Killed the Canadian Military?

“A brilliant explanation of regimental loyalty.” —Lewis W. Mackenzie, Major-General (Retired)

“A thoughtful, well-researched, and well-written account.” —Mark Zuehlke, author of Terrible Victory

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781554685561
  • ISBN 10: 1554685567
  • Imprint: Harper Perennial
  • On Sale: 10/20/2009
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price: 22.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: HISTORY / Canada / General
  • BISAC2: HISTORY / Military / Canada

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