Thursday, November 13, 2008
Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy by Terry Copp is a history of the Canadian Army from D-day through Falaise. Copp argues that British and American historians have it wrong when they say that the allies in general [and Canadians specifically] only defeated the Germans by crushing them with manpower. That the Germans were better war fighters man for man. He makes a convincing case that this was not true. The Canadians were able to achieve victories because of the training received in Britain. As well as an excellent cadre of junior officers. The book contains a nice bibliography that would easily allow for the creation of a further reading list on the Canadians in the campaign. There is a sequel to the book which discusses up until the end of the war. I'll be picking that up also.