Saturday, June 20, 2009
Vimy by Pierre Berton nationalistic history of this WWI battle. Berton was one of the major popular historians in Canada during the last century. The narrative is mostly from the soldiers perspective. Much of the oral history was collected by the CBC. The description of the battle is pretty good even if it is quite limited. There are maps and a bibliography of sources. Berton is at great pains to uphold the national myth of the campaign. Which does seem to conflict with his closing comments that the whole thing was a waste.