Bloody victory: Canadians and the D-Day, campaign 1944 by J. L Granatstein

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The strongpoint's SOmm anti-tank gun, however, had fired at least 70 rounds and had knocked out a number of tanks before it was destroyed. The rest of the North Shore companies, landing west of St. Aubin, had an easier time on the beach, although C Company had a six-hour battle to take Tailleville, which it managed to do by early evening with substantial assistance from the Fort Garry's Shermans. Sixty prisoners were taken in what the Fort Garry's commanding officer called a "good party". His pocket diary had the same laconic entry for each of the next three days-the single word "fighting".

L. McNaughton was the architect of the Canadian army in England during the early years of the war. A strong nationalist, popular with his men and a "scientific" soldier, McNaughton raised doubts among British generals about his ability to command troops in battle. (PA132648/Public Archives Canada) 29 30 BLOODY VICTORY Winston Churchill and General Dwight D. Eisenhower-a military-minded politician and a politically astute general-were to have second thoughts about their field commander, General Montgomery.

She and her sister ship, the Prince Robert} were two of the best known of Canada's warships, in the Mediterranean and then off Normandy. Her little assault craft delivered American, French and British troops as well as Canadians. (PA 132797IPublic Archives Canada) PRELUDE TO INVASION 47 Lieutenant John Beveridge of the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve plays cribbage with one of his crew as their landing craft waits for an exercise to continue. Naval officers went ashore as beachmasters, struggling to control traffic as hosts of landing craftjostled for a chance to land and clear off-hence Beveridge's pistol and the Commando badge on his shoulder.

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