The Resource On to victory : the Canadian liberation of the Netherlands, March 23 - May 5, 1945, Mark Zuehlke, (electronic resource)

On to victory : the Canadian liberation of the Netherlands, March 23 - May 5, 1945, Mark Zuehlke, (electronic resource)

Label
On to victory : the Canadian liberation of the Netherlands, March 23 - May 5, 1945
Title
On to victory
Title remainder
the Canadian liberation of the Netherlands, March 23 - May 5, 1945
Statement of responsibility
Mark Zuehlke
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"March 23, 1945. Tens of thousands of Allied troops, following on the heels of a massive artillery barrage, lunge across the Rhine River aboard amphibious craft, while even more land from the skies. Operations Plunder and Varsity aim to smash the German forces determined to stop this crossing, which will unleash a breakout into the heartland of Germany and the Netherlands and likely bring a rapid end to the war." "On the left flank of Plunder, First Canadian Army thrusts into the westernmost corner of Germany and advances into the Netherlands to free the Dutch people from a tyrannical Nazi occupation. In much of the Netherlands, the population is on the brink of starvation, a disastrous humanitarian crisis imminenet." "During the next forty-eight days, Canadian troops face some of their toughest fighting. Repeatedly, in such towns as Bienan, Speldrop, Zutphen, and Deventer, and in the major Dutch city of Groningen, they are embroiled in costly large-scale street fighting. And on the other side of each canal or river---whose dykes provide ideal defences---the Germans wait calmly for the attack. Each day the casualties mount, while the tension of a war nearly over increases. Will the last man to fall today be the war's final casualty?" ""With his signature style of veteran accounts artfully interlaced with the official record, Zuehlke's skill in writing battle narrative remains unsurpassed." Quill & Quire" "For the Millions of Dutch Facing imminent starvation, the period of their liberation, March 23 to May 5, 1945, was "the sweetest of springs." But for the Canadians fighting a series of fierce, desperate battles in these last months of the war, it was bittersweet. A nation's freedom was being won and the war concluded, but these final hostilities cost First Canadian Army 6,289 casualties, of which 1,481 were fatal." "These numbers could have been far higher had it not been for one of the war's most highly guarded secrets---a clandestine agreement with German command in the Netherlands to allow the Allies to deliver food to the people in western Holland, where the country's largest cities were situated, in exchange for a ceasefire in that area. Food supplies were virtually exhausted, and the Germans had threatened to open the dykes and flood the entire region if they were attacked. Only skillful negotiation with these German leaders prevented a catastrophe." "But on other fronts, the Canadians continued the grim fight to liberate the rest of Holland and to drive into northern Germany as part of the Allied push to end the war." "With his trademark "you are there" style that draws upon official records, veteran memories, and a keen understanding of the combat experience, Mark Zuehlke brings to life this final chapter in the story of Canada in World War II, in time for the 65th anniversary of Holland's liberation by Canadian troops."--Jacket
Member of
Cataloging source
TEFOD
Dewey number
940.54/21492
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plans
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
D763.N4
LC item number
Z84 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
  • OverDrive Collection
  • The Canadian battle series
Target audience
adult
Label
On to victory : the Canadian liberation of the Netherlands, March 23 - May 5, 1945, Mark Zuehlke, (electronic resource)
Link
http://epl.lib.overdrive.com/ContentDetails.htm?ID=AD1BA931-07A2-41F8-9CBC-B3E1A69337E5
Publication
Distribution
Copyright
Alternative Format
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Acknowledgements -- Maps -- Introduction : The sweetest of springs -- Part one : Over the Rhine, then, let us go -- 1 No possibility of doubt -- 2 Never to be forgotten -- 3 Go for the Goddamn woods -- 4 Rugged resistance -- 5 The enemy fought like madman -- 6 More than battered about -- 7 Pretty sticky -- 8 Utmost tenacity -- Part two : Delighted with this entire show -- 9 All together again -- 10 A lion and a tiger -- 11 Fierce rearguard actions -- 12 On the brink -- 13 Crazy young devils -- 14 Minor skirmishes -- Part three : Breakouts -- 15 Long way out front -- 16 On to Groningen -- 17 Waited so long -- 18 Piece of cake -- 19 Jerry is running -- Part four : Risky business -- 20 A stern atonement -- 21 Large-scale street fighting -- 22 Operation Cleanser -- 23 Sound tactical plans -- 24 Crossroad ambushes -- 25 Bitterest battle -- 26 Thank you, Canadians -- Epiloque : The Liberation Campaign in memory -- Appendix A : Principal politicians, commanders, and units in the Liberation Campaign -- Appendix B : The Canadian ARmy in the Liberation Campaign (compact units only) -- Appendix C : Canadian infantry battalion (typical organization) -- Appendix D : Canadian and German army order of ranks (lowest to highest) -- Appendix E : Army decorations -- Bibliography -- Notes -- General index -- Index of formations, units, and corps -- About the author
Control code
ocn688505830
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (525 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781553656197
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations, plans.
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (Sirsi) ODN0000468482
  • (CaAE) o688505830
  • (OCoLC)688505830

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