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Description: On May 4, 1945, Canadian artillery captain David Francis found himself near the village of Otterloo, Holland. Shell fire on both sides had diminished noticeably. Both sides tried to avoid last minute casualties. That night, the eve of Dutch liberation, the quartermaster arranged a party for the troops. “The local citizenry were also invited,” Francis recalled. “At the height of the party news came over the radio of the surrender of the German forces in Holland ... The loud resulting cheers were suddenly hushed as all the Dutch people present stood and, with tears streaming down their cheeks, sang their national anthem, and sang it again, and yet again … as these normally undemonstrative Dutch people gave vent to their pent-up emotions and the realization sank in that they were free at last of the Nazi yoke.” When the German capitulation in Europe came on May 8 – VE Day – celebrations swept the continent. Festivities also spilled into the streets of Halifax, Ottawa, Sudbury, Regina and Vancouver back home. Both the liberators and the liberated erupted in fits of cheers and singing, tears and hugging, dancing, praying, flag-waving, bonfires, parades, and every other demonstration of delight imaginable. It was, to be sure, a sweet day and a bitter one for millions of people whose lives had been changed forever by nearly six years of global war. This day, and the long days of war that led to it, come to life in Days of Victory: 60th Anniversary Edition. This volume of wartime remembrance carries the reader from the early days the Second World War –- when Canadians in combat experienced more trials than triumphs … when those on the homefront endured rationing, yearning and tremendous social upheaval … where, beyond the wire of POW camps, prisoners (Allied and German) masterminded and executed escapes … and where so-called “aliens” inside Canadian internment camps fought to prove their loyalty. Ultimately, the book offers the voices of the Canadians’ ultimate march to vic
Additional Info: Author: Ted Barris
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Pages: 416
Publisher: Thomas Allen Publishers
Year: 2005

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