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By Ted Barris. 2014
On the night of March 24, 1944, eighty airmen crawled through a 400-foot-long tunnel, code-named "Harry," and dashed from Stalag… Luft III, the infamous WWII German POW camp. It became known as The Great Escape. The breakout had taken a year to plan, involved 2,000 POWs, and prompted a massive manhunt across occupied Europe. All but three escapees were recaptured, and on Hitler’s orders, fifty were murdered. The author recounts this battle of wits and determination through the voices of those involved, assembles original interviews, memoirs, letters and diaries to reconstruct the Great Escape’s untold story. Bestseller. 2014.
By Walter Lord. 1998
By Jonathan Franklin William Vance. 1997
Vance examines the reaction of Canadians to the First World War as a cultural and philosophical force, rather than a… political and military event. He argues that Canadians constructed a version of the war which stressed traditional values and the positive results of the war experience, and how this myth helped create within Canada a sense of nationhood. 1997.
By Theodore Barris. 1999
The story of the over 30,000 Canadians who volunteered to serve during the Korean war is often lost in the… shadow of other wars Canada has participated in. But from 1950-1953 Canadian men served a vital role in the war against Communism in Korea. All branches of the Canadian military were represented and they contributed greatly to the war effort. Here, the experiences of the Canadian men who fought are remembered and shared. 1999.
By John Bryden. 1989
By Pierre Berton. 1973
By John Sewell. 2002
This book introduces Toronto's greatest spaces, from architectural jewels to buildings that were witness to some of the city's most… important moments. Former mayor John Sewell takes us on a tour of the Toronto places every citizen and visitor should see, such as Osgoode Hall, the old Don Jail, and the Chapel of St. James-the-Less. 2002.
By Peter Wyden. 1984
The full story of the creation and use of the atom bomb. Reveals the scientific breakthrough that made the bomb… possible and the reality of "Day One" in Hiroshima where 130,000 people died. Bestseller 1984.
By Peter Townsend. 1991
The Battle of Britain was the collision towards which aviation developments on both sides had been heading for more than… twenty years. Group Captain Townsend traces the background of two air forces with a common past of rivalry and respect. This dramatic account vividly recalls the days when Britain's fate hung in the balance until allied airmen, the author among them, secured a victory which saved Britain from invasion and paved the way for Hitler's final defeat. 1991.
By Fred Taylor. 2004
Historian examines the World War II controversial Allied bombing of the ancient German cultural centre and industrial city, deemed a… "legitimate military target." Along with historical background provides a minute-by-minute account of the air raid and reviews the post-war moral debate over the magnitude of destruction and civilian casualties. c2004.
By Hugh Brewster. 2009
On the night of August 19, 1942, a force of five thousand Canadians launched an attack on the Nazi-held French… port of Dieppe. When it was over, the Allies were forced to retreat, nearly a thousand Canadian troops lay dead, and almost two thousand were taken prisoner. For years, defenders of the raid claimed that the Allies learned valuable lessons from Dieppe that were put to use later in the war, but others believed that the Canadian soldiers had been used as cannon fodder. Includes sections about the evacuation and the POW experiences. Explicit descriptions of violence. Grades 3-6. 2009.
By Bernard Edelman. 1985
By Nechama Tec. 2008
The prevailing image of European Jews during the Holocaust is one of helpless victims, but many Jews struggled against the… terrors of the Third Reich. This is the history of one such group, a forest community numbering more than 1,200 Jews, that carried out the largest armed rescue operation of Jews by Jews in World War II. These men and women of all ages - hungry, largely unarmed, and exposed to harsh winter weather - smuggled Jews out of heavily guarded ghettos, led retaliatory raids against Nazi collaborators, and offered protection to all Jewish fugitives who could find their way to them. Some descriptions of violence. 2008.
By Ronald H Spector. 2003
By Richard Platt. 2004
How did the Allies of World War II plan and execute the most massive and daring invasion in military history?… Early in the morning of June 6, 1944, more ships, men, and air support than ever before landed on the beaches of Normandy. Learn about the background, events and consequences of the attack. Some violence. Grades 2-4. 2004.
By Arthur Dickison. 2003
This record of life on board HMS Safari during World War II is based on original first-hand accounts. As the… boat's leading telegraphist, Arthur Dickison had a privileged position in the crew, with access to all signals traffic and the navigation officer as his boss, who gave him an insight into why they were doing what they did. During 18 months of war patrols, Dickison kept a personal diary of life aboard Safari. In it he recorded daily events ranging from the tedium of long sea passages to stalking enemy convoys, crash dives and fighting it out on the surface. 2003.
By Orlando Figes. 2010
The terrible conflict that dominated the mid-19th century, the Crimean War killed at least 800,000 men and pitted Russia against… a formidable coalition of Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire. Drawing on a range of sources, Figes gives the lived experience of the war, from that of the ordinary British soldier in his snow-filled trench, to the haunted, gloomy, narrow figure of Tsar Nicholas himself as he vows to take on the whole world in his hunt for religious salvation. 2010.
By Stephen E Ambrose. 1994
From an interview with Supreme Commander General Eisenhower in 1964 through the recollections of hundreds of Allied and German veterans,… a military historian reconstructs the most decisive day of World War II. Some strong language. c1994.
By Cary Fagan. 1990
This personal portrait of a city in upheaval shows a polarized social structure which characterizes the new Toronto. The author… shows a city divided into the powerful and the powerless, the outrageous and the outraged. 1990.
By Norman Levine. 1993
In 1956 writer Norman Levine, seven years an expatriate in England, returned for an unsentimental journey through his homeland. Drawn… toward the bottom rungs of Canadian society - the beer parlours, the bunkhouses filled with immigrant miners, the cheap flophouses - he wrote an account so bitter that it didn't find a Canadian publisher for more than 20 years. Levine, now considered one of Canada's finest short story writers, maintains "my writing starts with this book." 1993, c1958.