Best Canadian Military History Books
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1. Wolves at the Door: The True Story Of America's Greatest Female Spy
Author: by Judith Pearson
Virginia Hall left her Baltimore home in 1931 to enter the Foreign Service. But as Hitler was building toward the peak of his power in Europe, she went to work for the British Special Operations Executive. She was assigned to France, where she became the architect of the Resistance movement in central France, helping escaped prisoners of war, and American Allied paratroopers.
The Gestapo considered her so dangerous, they put a price on her head, forcing her to escape over the Pyrenees mountains-and on an artificial leg. When she got to England, she was reassigned to France, disguised as an old peasant woman.
Her spy circuit captured 500 German soldiers and killed more than 150, while they sabotaged Nazi communication and transportation facilities. Hitler’s forces were hot on her trail, yet her daring intelligence activities and indomitable spirit defied the expectations of even the Allies until the very end of the war.
To the Germans, she was “the lady with a limp.” To the Allies, she was a savior. This is her true story, and her ONLY biography to include actual information from those brave men who were a part of her spy circuit.
2. Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover, Traitor, Hero, Spy
Author: by Ben Macintyre
August 17, 2009
‘Engrossing as any thriller’ – Daily Telegraph’Incredible’ Sunday Telegraph’Superb. Meticulously researched, splendidly told, immensely entertaining’ John le Carr_One December night in 1942, a Nazi parachutist landed in a Cambridgeshire field. His mission: to sabotage the British war effort. His name was Eddie Chapman, but he would shortly become MI5’s Agent Zigzag.
Dashing and suave, courageous and unpredictable, Chapman was by turns a traitor, a hero, a villain and a man of conscience. But, as his spymasters and many lovers often wondered, who was the real Eddie Chapman? Ben Macintyre weaves together diaries, letters, photographs, memories and top-secret MI5 files to create an exhilarating account of Britain’s most sensational double agent.
3. Sand and Steel: The D-Day Invasion and the Liberation of France
Author: by Peter Caddick-Adams
Oxford University Press
Peter Caddick-Adams’s account of the Allied invasion of France in June 1944 matches the monumental achievement of his book on the Battle of the Bulge, Snow and Steel, which Richard Overy has called the “standard history of this climactic confrontation in the West.” Sand and Steel gives usD-Day, arguably the greatest and most consequential military operation of modern times, beginning with the years of painstaking and costly preparation, through to the pitched battles fought along France’s northern coast, from Omaha Beach to the Falaise and the push east to Strasbourg.
In addition to covering the build-up to the invasion, including the elaborate and lavish campaigns to deceive Germans as to where and when the invasion would take place, Caddick-Adams gives a full and detailed account of the German preparations: the formidable Atlantikwall and Field Marshal ErwinRommel’s plans to make Europe impregnable-plans not completed by June 6.
Sand and Steel reveals precisely what lay in wait for the Allies. But the heart of the book is Caddick-Adams’ narratives of the five beaches where the terrible drama played out-Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword, and theattempt by American, British, and Canadian soldiers to gain a foothold in Europe.
4. The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America
Author: by Walter R. Borneman
In the summer of 1754, deep in the wilderness of western Pennsylvania, a very young George Washington suffered his first military defeat, and a centuries-old feud between Great Britain and France was rekindled. The war that followed would be fought across virgin territories, from Nova Scotia to the forks of the Ohio River, and it would ultimately decide the fate of the entire North American continentnot just for Great Britain and France but also for the Spanish and Native American populations.
Noted historian Walter R. Borneman brings to life an epic struggle for a continentwhat Samuel Eliot Morison called “truly the first world war”and emphasizes how the seeds of discord sown in its aftermath would take root and blossom into the American Revolution.
5. Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story Of American Submarine Espionage
Author: by Sherry Sontag
Over the course of five years, investigative reporters Sherry Sontag and Chris Drew interviewed hundreds of men who had never spoken about their underwater livesnot even to their wives and children. They uncovered a wealth of classified information: the tapping of undersea Soviet telephone cables, the stealing of Soviet weapons, the tragic collisions of enemy submarines.
They tell of medals awarded in secret and deaths disguised with disinformation. Blind Man’s Bluff is a critical work of history that reads with all the excitement of a Tom Clancy novel and all the tragedy of Das Boot.
6. The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian Allies
Author: by Alan Taylor
In the early nineteenth century, Britons and Americans renewed their struggle over the legacy of the American Revolution, leading to a second confrontation that redefined North America. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Alan Taylor’s vivid narrative tells the riveting story of the soldiers, immigrants, settlers, and Indians who fought to determine the fate of a continent.
Would revolutionary republicanism sweep the British from Canada? Or would the British contain, divide, and ruin the shaky republic? In a world of double identities, slippery allegiances, and porous boundaries, the leaders of the republic and of the empire struggled to control their own diverse peoples.
The border divided Americansformer Loyalists and Patriotswho fought on both sides in the new war, as did native peoples defending their homelands. And dissident Americans flirted with secession while aiding the British as smugglers and spies. During the war, both sides struggled to sustain armies in a northern land of immense forests, vast lakes, and stark seasonal swings in the weather.
7. Military Coloring Book: Army Combat Coloring Book for Boys with Army Men, Soldiers, Fighter Jets, Helicopters, Warships, Submarines and Tanks
Author: by Color Day
This Military coloring book was designed for kids, teens, and adults who are fans of military weapons and combat. The coloring book includes awesomeMilitary coloring pages for all levels and ages. The owner of this book will be able to dive into the military world and color 25 soldiers, special units, 15 tanks, 21 fighter jets, 11 combat helicopters, 12 battleships, and 4 combat submarines, and other military vehicles.
This War Book will:Introduce children to the military vehicles of different military unitsHelp children develop their imagination by coloring army vehicles and war scenesHelp develop their fine motor skills, counting, eye-hand coordination, and improve their focus. And of course, the army coloring book will provide a lot of fun with more than 50 full pages of drawingsCOLOR YOUR ARMY WITH THIS MILITARY COLORING BOOK!
8. Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI's Robert Hanssen Betrayed America
Author: by David Wise
October 22, 2002
Spy tells, for the first time, the full, authoritative story of how FBI agent Robert Hanssen, code name grayday, spied for Russia for twenty-two years in what has been called the worst intelligence disaster in U.S. Historyand how he was finally caught in an incredible gambit by U.S.Intelligence.
David Wise, the nation’s leading espionage writer, has called on his unique knowledge and unrivaled intelligence sources to write the definitive, inside story of how Robert Hanssen betrayed his country, and why. Spy at last reveals the mind and motives of a man who was a walking paradox: FBI counterspy, KGB mole, devout Catholic, obsessed pornographer who secretly televised himself and his wife having sex so that his best friend could watch, defender of family values, fantasy James Bond who took a stripper to Hong Kong and carried a machine gun in his car trunk.
Brimming with startling new details sure to make headlines, Spy discloses: the previously untold story of how the FBI got the actual file on Robert Hanssen out of KGB headquarters in Moscow for $7 million in an unprecedented operation that ended in Hanssen’s arrest.
9. The Ultimate Guide to U.S. Army Survival Skills, Tactics, and Techniques (The Ultimate Guides)
Author: by Department of the Army
Here for the first time in one place is everything you will ever need to know in order to survive just about any difficult or dangerous situation. Drawing from dozens of the U.S. Army’s official field manuals, editor Jay McCullough has culled a thousand pages of the most useful and curious tidbits for the would-be soldier, historian, movie-maker, writer, or survivalistincluding techniques on first aid; survival in the hottest or coldest of climates; finding or building life-saving shelters; surviving nuclear, biological, and chemical attacks; physical and mental fitness, and how to find food and water anywhere, anytime.
With hundreds of photographs and illustrations showing everything from edible plants to rare skin diseases of the jungle, every page reveals how useful Army knowledge can be.
10. The War That Made America: A Short History of the French and Indian War
Author: by Fred Anderson
The globe’s first true world war comes vividly to life in this “rich, cautionary tale” (The New York Times Book Review) The French and Indian War -the North American phase of a far larger conflagration, the Seven Years’ War-remains one of the most important, and yet misunderstood, episodes in American history.
Fred Anderson takes readers on a remarkable journey through the vast conflict that, between 1755 and 1763, destroyed the French Empire in North America, overturned the balance of power on two continents, undermined the ability of Indian nations to determine their destinies, and lit the “long fuse” of the American Revolution.
Beautifully illustrated and recounted by an expert storyteller, The War That Made America is required reading for anyone interested in the ways in which war has shaped the history of America and its peoples.
11. Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda
Author: by Roméo Dallaire
Da Capo Press
For the first time in the United States comes the tragic and profoundly important story of the legendary Canadian general who “watched as the devil took control of paradise on earth and fed on the blood of the people we were supposed to protect.” When Romeo Dallaire was called on to serve as force commander of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda, he believed that his assignment was to help two warring parties achieve the peace they both wanted.
Instead, he was exposed to the most barbarous and chaotic display of civil war and genocide in the past decade, observing in just one hundred days the killings of more than eight hundred thousand Rwandans. With only a few troops, his own ingenuity and courage to direct his efforts, Dallaire rescued thousands, but his call for more support from the world body fell on deaf ears.
In Shake Hands with the Devil, General Dallaire recreates the awful history the world community chose to ignore. He also chronicles his own progression from confident Cold Warrior to devastated UN commander, and finally to retired general struggling painfully, and publicly, to overcome posttraumatic stress disorder – the highest-ranking officer ever to share such experiences with readers.
12. The Brenner Assignment: The Untold Story of the Most Daring Spy Mission of World War II
Author: by Patrick K. O'Donnell
August 25, 2009
An impossible mission Behind enemy lines The never-before-told true story of a small team of American saboteurs with orders to sever the Third Reich’s main supply artery – the Brenner Pass Like a scene from Where Eagles Dare , a small team of American special operatives parachutes into Italy under the noses of thousands of German troops.
Their orders: link up with local partisans in the mountains and sabotage the well-guarded Brenner Pass, the crucial route through the Alps for the Nazi war machine. Without the supplies that travel this route, the German war effort in Italy will grind to a halt.
Using thousands of recently declassified files, personal interviews, and private documents, including a behind-the-lines diary buried in a bottle, military historian Patrick K. O’Donnell has written a cinematic World War II adventure story. The unforgettable cast of characters includes the dashing and daring team leader; the romantic idealist who plans the operation; the seductive Italian countess who is also a double-agent; and the maniacal SS officer who will stop at nothing to kill the team and their partisan collaborators.
13. U.S. Navy SEAL Sniper Training Program (US Army Survival)
Author: by U.S. Navy
From 1962 when the first SEAL teams were commissioned to present day, Navy SEALs have distinguished themselves as an individually reliable, collectively disciplined and highly skilled maritime force. Because of the dangers inherent in Naval Special Warfare, prospective SEALs go through what is considered by many military experts to be the toughest training in the world.U.S.
Navy Once used only by authorized SEALs, U.S. Navy SEALs Sniper Training Program is now available to the historian, the military enthusiast, and the curious civilian. Covering all points from position selection and range estimation to exercises and mission planning, this manual is exhaustive.
It will teach you what equipment SEAL snipers need, how they camouflage themselves, and when and how they apply fire.
14. The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB
Author: by Milton Bearden
May 6, 2003
A landmark collaboration between a thirty-year veteran of the CIA and a Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist, The Main Enemy is the dramatic inside story of the CIA-KGB spy wars, told through the actions of the men who fought them. Based on hundreds of interviews with operatives from both sides, The Main Enemy puts us inside the heads of CIA officers as they dodge surveillance and walk into violent ambushes in Moscow.
This is the story of the generation of spies who came of age in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis and rose through the ranks to run the CIA and KGB in the last days of the Cold War.
The clandestine operations they masterminded took them from the sewers of Moscow to the back streets of Baghdad, from Cairo and Havana to Prague and Berlin, but the action centers on Washington, starting in the infamous “Year of the Spy”when, one by one, the CIA’s agents in Moscow began to be killed, up through to the very last man.
Behind the scenes with the CIA’s covert operations in Afghanistan, Milt Bearden led America to victory in the secret war against the Soviets, and for the first time he reveals here what he did and whom America backed, and why.
15. The Force: The Legendary Special Ops Unit and WWII's Mission Impossible
Author: by Saul David
Hailed as “masterly” (Wall Street Journal), “a monumental achievement!” (Douglas Brinkley), “a mesmerizing read” (Bing West), and “an essential part of anyone’s library” (Doug Stanton), The Force tells the riveting, true story of the group of elite US and Canadian soldiers – mountainmen, lumberjacks, hunters, and explorers – who sacrificed everything to accomplish a crucial but nearly impossible WWII mission.
In December of 1943, as Nazi forces sprawled around the world and the future of civilization hung in the balance, a group of highly trained U.S. And Canadian soldiers from humble backgrounds was asked to do the impossible: capture a crucial Nazi stronghold perched atop stunningly steep cliffs.
The men were a rough-and-ready group, assembled from towns nested in North America’s most unforgiving terrain, where many of them had struggled through the Great Depression relying on canny survival skills and the fearlessness of youth. Brought together by the promise to take part in the military’s most elite missions, they formed a unique brotherhood tested first by the crucible of state-of-the-art training-including skiing, rock climbing, and parachuting-and then tragically by the vicious fighting they would face.