Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy: Second Edition
With Fields of Fire, Terry Copp challenges the conventional view that the Canadian contribution to the Battle of Normandy was a “failure” – that the allies won only through the use of brute force, and that the Canadian soldiers and commanding officers were essentially incompetent. His detailed and impeccably researched analysis of what actually happened on the battlefield portrays a flexible, innovative army that made a major, and successful, contribution to the defeat of the German forces in just seventy-six days.
Challenging both existing interpretations of the campaign and current approaches to military history, Copp examines the Battle of Normandy, tracking the soldiers over the battlefield terrain and providing an account of each operation carried out by the Canadian army. In so doing, he illustrates the valour, skill, and commitment of the Allied citizen-soldier in the face of a well-entrenched and well-equipped enemy army.
This new edition of Copp’s best-selling, award-winning history includes a new introduction that examines the strategic background of the Battle of Normandy.
- Series: Joanne Goodman Lectures
- World Rights
- Page Count: 406 pages
- Illustrations: 29
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.9in x 9.0in
Reviews“Copp has done a great service to Canadian military historians.”
The Globe and Mail
“A must read for those interested in the Second World War or military history in general.”
The Canadian Historical Review
“Fields of Fire is a history that sets the standard for Canadian Second World War scholarship.”
“Essential, stimulating, and rewarding reading.”
War in History
“Full of new material, this is a provocative and challenging interpretation by a master of Canada's military history.”
J.L. Granatstein, author of Canada's Army: Waging War and Keeping the Peace
Author InformationTerry Copp is a Canadian military historian, director emeritus of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies, and a professor emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is an award-winning author of more than twenty books on Canada’s role in the World Wars and an influential advocate for military history in both military and civilian education.
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