The Patricias: A Century of Service

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Formed in peacetime, forged in wartime, and formidable at all times, the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2014.

In The Patricias: A Century of Service, the Regiment's remarkable record of being "first in the field" of every war that Canada has fought in from the First World War to Afghanistan is gloriously documented in absorbing detail. Featuring engaging text that graphically describes the history of the Regiment from its founding in the summer of 1914 through to the spring of 2014 and augmented with hundreds of rare photographs from the battlefields to the barracks, detailed maps and memorabilia, and informative sidebars featuring testimonials from the soldiers in their own words, The Patricias: A Century of Service grippingly recounts the story and glory of this legendary unit that has served and protected this country both within Canada's own borders and around the world with resounding pride and courage.

Written by renowned historian Dr. David Bercuson and assembled by a team of experts including acclaimed archivist Donald B. Smith and retired PPCLI Major-General Robert Stewart, The Patricias: A Century of Service honours the bravery of those men whose commitment to serving and saving Canada has made us the nation we are today. The book comes complete with a DVD that features photographs and captions, CBC news broadcasts from Sicily, Northwest Europe, and Korea, a selection of maps, historic newsreels, and film footage, the regiment's "Roll of Honour," regimental music, and materials related to the regiment's 100th anniversary celebrations.

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Founded at the outbreak of war, forged in combat, and formidable throughout its storied history, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry has been integral to every 20th century war and military conflict in which Canada has participated. From the First World War to the war in Afghanistan, The Patricias: A Century of Service documents an extraordinary record of service.

Published to coincide with the Regiment's 100th anniversary, The Patricias stretches from the barracks to the battlefield, from the tragedies of war to the perils of peacekeeping. Laden with hundreds of archival and modern images, informative sidebars, reproductions of letters and war diaries, and battlefield testimony, this is the first illustrated account of a regiment that has proudly served Canada both within its borders and around the world.

Also included with the book is a companion DVD featuring a selection of historic and contemporary photographs, recruitment posters, news broadcasts, interactive uniform presentations, letters from the battlefields, war diaries, and more. The DVD also includes the Regimental Battle Honours and the Regiment's Roll of Honour, featuring the names and rank of every Patricia killed on active duty from 1914 to the present day.

Written by military historian David J. Bercuson, the author of a comprehensive history of the Regiment, The Patricias honours the bravery of those whose commitment to serve Canada has helped to shape the nation.

About the Author:

David J. Bercuson is the director of the University of Calgary's Centre for Military and Strategic Studies. A celebrated military historian, he has published on a wide range of topics including modern Canadian politics, Canadian defense and foreign policy, and military history. He has written, co-authored, or edited over thirty books, including The Fighting Canadians: Canada's Regimental History from New France to Afghanistan; The Patricias: The Proud History of a Fighting Regiment; and Blood on the Hills: The Canadian Army in the Korean War. In 1997 Dr. Bercuson was appointed Special Advisor to the Minister of National Defence on the Future of the Canadian Forces. A member of the Minister of National Defence's Monitoring Committee from 1997 to 2003, he also served on the Advisory Council on National Security from 2005 to 2008. Until 2010 Bercuson was an Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of 41 Combat Engineer Regiment, a Land Force Reserve military engineer unit of

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