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Juno Beach: Canada's D-Day Victory — June 6, 1944 [Kindle Edition]

Mark Zuehlke
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On June 6, 1944 the greatest armada in history stood off Normandy and the largest amphibious invasion ever began as 107,000 men aboard 6,000 ships pressed toward the coast. Among this number were 18,000 Canadians, who were to land on a five-mile long stretch of rocky ledges fronted by a wide expanse of sand. Code named Juno Beach. Here, sheltered inside concrete bunkers and deep trenches, hundreds of German soldiers waited to strike the first assault wave with some ninety 88-millimetre guns, fifty mortars, and four hundred machineguns. A four-foot-high sea wall ran across the breadth of the beach and extending from it into the surf itself were ranks of tangled barbed wire, tank and vessel obstacles, and a maze of mines.

Of the five Allied forces landing that day, they were scheduled to be the last to reach the sand. Juno was also the most exposed beach, their day’s objectives eleven miles inland were farther away than any others, and the opposition awaiting them was believed greater than that facing any other force. At battle's end one out of every six Canadians in the invasion force was either dead or wounded. Yet their grip on Juno Beach was firm.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1747 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre; First Trade Paper Edition edition (1 July 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Omaha without the cliffs 25 Jun. 2007
I read this book in conjunction with D-Day Commando by Ken Ford as they both cover the lesser known but bloody battle for Juno beach. This is a very thorough account and should certainly become (if it hasn't already)the difinitive account of Juno beach. The bloodbath in the first hours was reminiscent of the many accounts I've read of Omaha beach but because we tend to focus on the UK and US in our publishing it's an often ignored part of the 'Longest Day'. A definite eye-opener and very well written with more than enough detail for the serious reader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Jan. 2015
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A great read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read 9 Sept. 2004
By J. Friesen - Published on
Juno is a highly detailed account of the Normandy invasion, on all three fronts, air, land, and sea. Its focus is on the Canadian participation of units and their actions on June 6th. Normally, Canadian participation in this pivotal World War 2 battle is usually glossed over by other historians, if mentioned at all.
Leading up to the invasion, there are chapters on how different units trained and prepared, from the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion and its role with the British 6th Airborne Division, to the minesweepers that swept lanes into the beaches for the assault craft, to the fighter and bomber units that blasted the beach defences on Juno beach.
By the mid-point of the book, units of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division are steaming for the beaches. The battle for all 5 sectors of the beach are pretty interesting and filled with moments of courage and bravado, as men struggle up the sand and rush machinegun nests and bunkers.
There are several sections detailing German response and the opinions of the commanders of the 716th Infantry, the 21st Panzer, and other units facing the Canadians. These were interesting but I would have liked more detail.
There are also interviews with veterans who actually fought there as well as information from government archives. The only thing I found lacking in this book that I had enjoyed in Zuehlke's Ortona book was the anecdotes and quirky little stories that punctuated that volume.
It should be noted that this book only details the events leading up to and the day of June 6th. The following battles for Caen and the Falaise Gap are not part of this book. All in all, it kept me interested and I found it hard to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for Canadians or Americans 19 Sept. 2009
By Kurt Baumbach - Published on
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Being a good red-blooded, loyal American who served in the miltary, I've read alot about Americans in World War II, Korea, the U.S. Civil War, the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. But it's hard to find good books on other countries that participated in these wars, specially in the U.S.A. It's even harder to get a fair and balanced version. This book does just that.

Mark Zuehlke writes a great history book that comes alive with archives and interviews of those who were there. This story gave a good background to the preparations and training of these troops and the courageous acts of these soldiers, sailors and airmen that recieve little to no attention in most accounts of the D-day landings. If you ask most young Americans today they don't even realize the Canadians landed at the Normandy beaches.

The follow-up book, "Holding Juno" by this author is on my short list. This is an easy, enjoyable read. The maps were also extremely helpful with follow the action of June 6th, 1944 on Juno Beach.

This book should make any Canadian proud and should put a little pride and alot of appreciation in any American's heart for our brave allies to the north.
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent treatment of a previously neglected subject--the Canadian contribution to ... 28 July 2014
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An excellent treatment of a previously neglected subject--the Canadian contribution to the Normandy D-Day landings.. Zuehlke melds a novelist's writing skills with a military historian's ability to assemble and marshal documents and veterans' recollections regarding one fifth of the landing force that broke the Atlantic Wall on June 6, 1944. The first of a series tracing the Canadian army's role in the Northwest Europe campaign into the German heartland in WW II.
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book about Canada's participation in NW Europe 26 Aug. 2014
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An excellent book about Canada's participation in NW Europe. Often the Canadian contributions to the Allied success, both at Normandy and later, is drowned out by extensive coverage of the UK and US roles in defeating Nazi Germany. Clear and well written, Mr Zuehike's book is excellent. Currently starting his second book "Holding Juno" which I am confident will be as good.
5.0 out of 5 stars Juno 6 Oct. 2012
By Harold Aucoin - Published on
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The writing is excellent about a subject not written about before; at least not like this. I have been studying this subject for over twenty years. This books does it best.
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