9781771622356-1771622350-The River Battles: Canada’s Final Campaign in World War II Italy (Canadian Battle Series)

The River Battles: Canada’s Final Campaign in World War II Italy (Canadian Battle Series)

ISBN-13: 9781771622356
ISBN-10: 1771622350
Edition: Reprint
Author: Zuehlke, Mark
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
Format: Hardcover 480 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781771622356
ISBN-10: 1771622350
Edition: Reprint
Author: Zuehlke, Mark
Publication date: 2020
Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
Format: Hardcover 480 pages

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Acknowledged authors Zuehlke, Mark wrote The River Battles: Canada’s Final Campaign in World War II Italy (Canadian Battle Series) comprising 480 pages back in 2020. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1771622350 and 9781771622356. Since then The River Battles: Canada’s Final Campaign in World War II Italy (Canadian Battle Series) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.15 or rent at the marketplace.

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The Canadians called it the Promised Land. In late September 1944, the Emilia-Romagna plain before I Canadian Corps stretched to the far horizon―a deceptively wide-open space where the tanks could run free. Throughout British Eighth Army, hopes ran high that once it entered the plain, the Germans could be driven from Italy. As soon as the advance began, however, the plain’s true nature was revealed: the land was criss-crossed by rivers, canals and drainage ditches over which all bridges had been demolished.

With higher command urging haste, the Canadians entered a long and nightmarish series of battles to win crossings over each waterway, whose high banks provided the Germans with perfect defensive positions. Early fall rains caused rivers to spill their banks and transformed the countryside into the worst quagmire the soldiers had ever seen.

More than five months of battle followed, with weeks of hard fighting required to advance from one river to the next. Each month, conditions only worsened, and the casualty rates rose appallingly. As their comrades fell one by one, most soldiers sought merely to survive. Doing that much required every measure of stamina, courage and fighting skill they possessed.

The fifth and final Canadian Battle Series volume set in Italy, The River Battles tells the story of this campaign’s last and hardest months. In riveting detail and with his trademark “you-are-there” style, Mark Zuehlke shines a light on this forgotten chapter of Canada’s World War II experience.

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