The Valley Park Branch is closing for renovation on Thursday, January 23 at 8pm and will reopen at its temporary location at 1050 Paramount Dr., Unit#12, Stoney Creek, during the week of February 10. Beginning January 18th, holds with a pickup location of Valley Park will be paused until a few days before the opening of the temporary location. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Dieppe. The Battle of Hong Kong. The Mora River Campaign. The Invasion of Normandy. The Siege of Dunkirk. The constant gunfire, the whistle of bombs, the hiss of gas, the cold, the wet, the fear, the loneliness, and the anguish of losing friends and colleagues. Outside of the military, no one can quite imagine how the soldiers endured all of this. But endure they did. Canadians fought on several fronts during World War II, proving the mettle of soldiers, airmen, and their commanders. Canadians at War: A Guide to the Battlefields and Memorials of World War II, a follow-up to Susan Evans Shaw's guidebook to the battlefields and memorials of World War I, takes its readers on a tour of the places where the Canadians fought, and died -- the battlefields, memorials, and cemeteries scattered throughout Europe and the Far East. Beginning with an introduction on the preparations for war, the book heads first to Hong Kong before returning to the invasion at Dieppe. From there, we follow the Canadian troops through Italy as they push towards Rome and then through Northwest Europe. The Invasion of Normandy and the Liberation of Holland lead up to the final days of the war. Supplemented with many maps and photographs, Canadians at War also includes chapters on the Canadian Forestry Group, sappers at Gibraltar, the Canadian Women's Army Corps Overseas, Canada's chemical and biological warfare program, prisoners of war, and how to research a Canadian soldier who fought in World War II. This volume is a must-have for those interested in heritage tourism and World War II and for the families of veterans and is an ideal complement to Evans Shaw's World War I companion volume.