Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy
by Terry Copp (9780802037800)

Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy
Terry Copp
Release Date: 29 July 2004
Format: Paperback
Pages: 392
Category: Canada
ISBN: 9780802037800
ISBN-10: 0802037801

Fields of Fire offers a stunning reversal of accepted military history. 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. Copp's 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. Using signal message logs, war diaries, operational research reports, and interviews, Copp re-examines often overlooked battles such as the advance inland on D-Day and the defence of the bridgehead, as well as the frequently analysed struggle for Verrieres ridge and the operations to reach Falaise, placing each operation within the context of overall Allied strategy. The Canadian contribution to the Battle of Normandy, Copp argues, was an extraordinary achievement, well out of proportion to the number of troops engaged in battle. With passion and precision, Fields of Fire makes a controversial but irrefutable mark on Canadian military history.

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