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We Remember Battle Stories

Posted on November 3 by Kyle

In honour of Remembrance Day, we’re reading up on the men and women who have served in some of the most iconic battles that echo through world history to the present day.

The Battle Stories series was written by renowned experts and complete with quotes, photographs and detailed maps, each Battle Story offers readers clear insight into the unfolding action. 

Don't Forget: Between October 11 - Nov 11, 2016, you can use promo code REMEMBER for 25% off select Battle Stories books!

 

Afghanistan loomed large in my imagination long before I ever set foot there. I grew up listening to my Grandfather tell tales of serving in British India, hanging on his every word. In my mind, Afghanistan was a wild place on the border of civilization. It was a place for adventure.

We usually think that war is decided by mighty battles and often it is. In the Second World War such battles as El Alamein, Stalingrad and Midway all had decisive effects on Allied victory. However, I wanted to write the book Ten Decisions to show that if you stand back and look at the Second World War, many of the decisions that mattered most, ones which were the most far-reaching, were not always made on the battlefield.

History is not what actually happened, but rather what is recorded to have happened. For numerous reasons, some deliberate, others not, the recording of history can often be a distortion, if not a complete misrepresentation, of the events as they actually occurred. As such, the historian must be a sleuth to uncover, as closely as possible, the actual reality and drivers behind those events. This can be a daunting task as there are a myriad of challenges to obscure the “truth,” especially for military historians.

My visit to Pembroke on Saturday, November 19, to sign copies of Combat Mission Kandahar at Coles Books was great. Books were sold and I had many discussions with passers-by. These discussions included not only local residents but also present and past members of the military who either live in Pembroke or were in town from CFB Petawawa for a few hours. I was quite pleased that some of the presently serving soldiers, who I am sure know Afghanistan better than I do, wanted to buy the book.

We Remember

Posted on October 20 by Kyle

We remember tales of battles past; stories of monumental moments that shaped history and the people who lived them.

It's no surprise that we at Dundurn strive to help define Canada with such stories. 

Immerse yourself in some history this fall.

From October 11, 2016 - November 11, 2016, get 25% off select paperback history books! Use promo code: REMEMBER

 

Interview with Marc Dauphin, author of Combat Doctor thumbnail

Today Marc Dauphin, author of Comabt Doctor, which is about his time as an emergency room doctor at a combat hospital in Kandahar, talks with us about his first book, and what his current project is.

Caitlyn: What was your first publication?

Marc: My first publication was L'anneau de Gabriele the first of a series of seven novels about a German family from the end of WWI, throughout WWII, and the post-war years.

A Word from the Editor: Allison on Combat Doctor thumbnail

**This blog post is from Allison, Senior Editor**

What goes on inside the mind of a trauma specialist as he fights to save his patients’ lives?

Marc Dauphin was a civilian ER doctor and had been a reservist for twenty-seven years when he was recalled to serve in uniform again. His first posting was in Germany, where he helped to stabilize wounded Canadian soldiers before sending them home. The next year he was in Afghanistan, serving as what would be the last Canadian Officer Commanding at the NATO-run Kandahar Role 3 Multinational Hospital.

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