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The Guns of Victory: A Soldier's Eye View, Belgium, Holland, and Germany, 1944-45

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For the Canadian Soldiers who lived through the momentous battle for Normandy in the summer of 1944, it was inconceivable that the conflict in Europe could continue for another eight long months. The war was won, they thought, and to win it they had been pushed to what seemed like the limits of endurance. But ahead lay not only an enemy with no thoughts of surrender, but ...more
Paperback, 520 pages
Published October 18th 1997 by McClelland & Stewart (first published 1996)
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Michael Dorosh
Jul 31, 2011 Michael Dorosh rated it it was amazing
Written in the second person, this book is unique, but it doesn't end there. Blackburn has a rare ability to recall small details and the entire story rings with authenticity. His stories run the gamut, as all good war memoirs do, from the sad to the hysterically funny.

2nd Canadian Division seems to have produced few authors (unlike the 1st Division, with Mowat taking the lead) but those few that have put pen to paper have been incredibly good. Whitaker and Williams were best when recounting the
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Dec 14, 2013 Garrettw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This a fantastic war memoir. It's the first tactical war history I've ever encountered that relates the point of view of an artillery observation officer. Harrowing work it was, directly in the front lines with Canadian infantry; Blackburn's narrative is filled with drama and tragedy.

I've read the entire Guns trilogy. This is the best of a good bunch.
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