The Fighting Canadians

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Regimental fighting units, suggests historian David J. Bercuson, do something that no other group can: they nurture their members as they proceed into the unnatural world of war, putting their lives on the line for the lives of others. Regiments are constructed clans, with proud histories and traditions that are impenetrable to outsiders but essential to the morale of those who are a part of their ranks.
    Canada’s most famous regiments—such as the Vandoos, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the Hasty P’s—are well known to many of us, but what is less known is how Canada’s regiments have shaped and been shaped by our military past. Beginning with Iroquois war bands and the arrival in 1665 of the Régiment Carignan- Salières—“The Good Regiment” dispatched by Louis XIV to the colony of New France—Bercuson recounts a proud history that extends through the War of 1812 and the Fenian Raids to the Boer War. He tracks the regiments of the First World War and the development of the modern regimental system, through to the Second World War and the Korean War. Finally, he investigates the peacekeeping years to the current operations in Afghanistan.
    This comprehensive regimental history is a lively, fascinating chronicle of tradition, achievement and sometimes catastrophe. Through the eyes of many prominent regiments, Bercuson looks at the broader culture of bonding and loyalty that is underappreciated outside of the military, yet second nature within it. Anyone with an interest in Canada’s rich military history or a personal connection to the soldiers who have fought for this country—past or present—will appreciate this stirring account of Canada’s frontline forces.

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DAVID J. BERCUSON has written fourteen works of Canadian and other military history, including regimental histories of the Calgary Highlanders and Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry; Blood on the Hills: The Canadian Army in the Korean War; a history of the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck; and The Fighting Canadians: Our Regimental History from New France to Afghanistan. He holds the J.B. Tyrrell Gold Medal for the writing of Canadian history awarded by the Royal Society of Canada and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He teaches Canadian military history at the University of Calgary, where he also directs the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies.

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“An eye-opening and constantly interesting martial history of Canada . . . with this history, Bercuson has done us all a service, and for that we should salute him.” (The Globe and Mail)

“Another dandy Bercuson outing, a highly readable overview of our military at war.” (Toronto Star)

“A delightful read. . . . Bercuson is rigorous in his research and compelling in his arguments.” (Calgary Herald)

“Extremely compelling . . . Bercuson shines a rare spotlight on the relationship between thsoe who have done the fighting for this country and the colours under which they have fought.” (Peter Mansbridge)

“Good history and a good argument. A well-written and hard-headed defence of the Canadian army’s regimental system by one of Canada’s leading historians.” (J.L. Granatstein, author of Who Killed the Canadian Military?)

“A brilliant explanation of regimental loyalty.” (Lewis W. Mackenzie, Major-General (Retired))

“A thoughtful, well-researched, and well-written account.” (Mark Zuehlke, author of Terrible Victory)

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