Dawn, June 6, 1944. Off the Normandy coast 6,500 ships carry 150,000 Allied troops. This is D-Day, the long-awaited Allied invasion of German-occupied Europe. The Allies will storm five beaches. One is code-named Juno Beach. Here, 14,500 Canadians will land on a five-mile stretch of sand backed by three resort towns. The beach is heavily protected by a seawall, barbed wire, underwater obstacles and hundreds of mines. Behind these defenses a heavily armed German force waits inside thick concrete pillboxes and deep...
Dawn, June 6, 1944. Off the Normandy coast 6,500 ships carry 150,000 Allied troops. This is D-Day, the long-awaited Allied invasion of German-occupied Europe. The Allies will storm five beaches. One is code-named Juno Beach. Here, 14,500 Canadians will land on a five-mile stretch of sand backed by three resort towns. The beach is heavily protected by a seawall, barbed wire, underwater obstacles and hundreds of mines. Behind these defenses a heavily armed German force waits inside thick concrete pillboxes and deep trenches that bristle with machineguns and artillery pieces. About 3,500 Canadians will lead the way. The fate of the invasion is in their hands. They either break the German defenses or die trying. Piling out of small, frail landing craft, they struggle through bullet- and shell-whipped water to gain the sand. And the bloody battle for Juno Beach begins. With his trademark you-are-there style, acclaimed military historian Mark Zuehlke plunges readers into a vivid and powerful account of the day-long battle that put the Allies on the march toward victory in World War II.
"An admirable monograph on a Canadian military achievement of WWII...This promising series claims to be easy reading, and it certainly has succeeded so far in being accessible to those with limited familiarity with the technicalities of military history, whether Canadian or not."
"Assault on Juno, a detailed and poignant account of a horrific event, is accurate and well researched. The intended readership should have no trouble with it. It is clearly written and easy to understand. It is suitable for recreational reading, and, in the thoughtful reader, will raise many questions about the futility of war and why so many young men had to die."
Southwest Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group
"Written with little pomp about the grandeur of battle, Zuehlke provides a variety of statistics to indicate the extreme loss of life in this single maneuver. The storytelling is terse; male readers in particular will enjoy the straightforward style."
Tri State YA Book Review Committee
"Very informative...[and] makes history accessible to everyone...Highly recommended for addition to any high school or public library collection. Librarians should keep this (and others in the series) for reluctant, ESL or adult literacy readers."
- Shirley Nelson
On June 6, 1944, British, American, and Canadian forces assaulted the German troops on the beaches of Normandy and brought an end to World War II in Europe. Zuehlke's small book provides a detailed report of the Canadian assault on Juno Beach. Using first-hand accounts from survivors, he paints a vivid portrait of the horrors of battle as soldiers poured onto the beach by foot, on bicycles, or in armored tanks. Zuehlke moves back and forth among companies from all different locations in Canada as he relates the events of that long, arduous day. Focusing on a few specific people he makes the battle come alive for the reader. For example, two brothers end the day each thinking the other was killed and not learning the truth for weeks. These personal accounts illustrate the less than glorious side of battle. Teens and adults who enjoy military history will find the book fascinating; however, some graphic details may prove to be too much for anyone younger. Photographs are included. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
Formerly a journalist, Mark Zuehlke has been called the nation's leading popular military historian. Fascinated by Canada's military heritage, Mark first set to writing about the role Canadians played in World War II in Ortona: Canada's Epic World War II Battle following a discussion with several veterans in a Royal Canadian Legion. Mark went on to develop the Canadian Battle Series, which documents the Canadian World War II experience. He is also an award-winning mystery writer, whose popular Elias McCann series has garnered much critical praise and won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. When not writing, Mark can often be found hiking, backpacking, cycling or tinkering around the Fernwood heritage house he shares with partner and fellow writer Frances Backhouse in Victoria, British Columbia.