The Torch We Throw: The Dundurn WWI Historical Library

Overview

The giant conflagration of the First World War created the world we live in today, and its history is replete with stirring battles, mind-boggling strategies, and geopolitical manoeuvring. However, the real story was lived in the trenches of Europe and the lonely households of those left behind. The stories of this period are full of tragedy, anger, and loss but also inspirational courage. This special five-book bundle presents some of these stories, from brave Canadian contributions to the battlefields at Ypres and Amiens, to the specific untold story of Canada’s unheralded 58th Division, to an analysis of the myth and legend of air ace Billy Bishop, to the voice of one single soldier, Deward Barnes, told through his diary. These books provide new and enlightening perspectives on the war.

  • Amiens
  • Hell in Flanders Fields
  • It Made you Think of Home
  • The Making of Billy Bishop
  • Second to None

About the Authors

Brereton Greenhous

Posted by Kendra on October 30, 2014

Brereton Greenhous

Brereton Greenhous worked for twenty-five years in the Department of National Defence's Directorate of History. He has authored, co-authored, or edited a dozen books on Canadian military history, including Out of the Shadows: Canada in the Second World War.

James McWilliams

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

James McWilliams

James L. McWilliams’ experience in the Army, historical research, and exploring the world led to a writing career. He has co-authored three First World War histories, The Suicide Battalion, Gas! The Battle For Ypres, 1915 and Amiens and created the historical-adventure series The MacHugh Memoirs.

R. James Steel

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R. James Steel

James McWilliams and R. James Steel are avid military historians. He has collaborated with James McWilliams on two previous books, World War I: The Suicide Battalion (1978, 1990) and Gas! The Battle for Ypres, 1915 (1989), as well as a unit history, The Battery (1996). R. James Steel is also the author of The Men Who Marched Away: Canada's Infantry in World War I, 1914-1918 (1989).

Kevin R. Shackleton

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Kevin R. Shackleton

Kevin R. Shackleton lives with his family in Newmarket, Ontario, where he works as a senior associate advisor with RBC Investments. His life-long interest in the history of warfare included a course with Dr. Jack Hyatt while obtaining his MA at the University of Western Ontario.

George H. Cassar

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George H. Cassar

George H. Cassar, who obtained his Ph.D. from McGill University, is a leading authority on the First World War. He has written many books on the subject, including Kitchener's War: British Strategy from 1914-1916, and Lloyd George at War, 1916-1918. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Bruce Cane

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014

Bruce Cane

Bruce Cane began writing about military history while a curatorial assistant at Historic Fort York, Toronto. Today, he writes technical manuals by day and pursues his passion for First World War history by night. Bruce lives with his family in Brooklin, Ontario.