HOLDING JUNO: Canada's Heroic Defense of the D-Day Beaches June 7-12, 1944

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HOLDING JUNO: Canada's Heroic Defense of the D-Day Beaches June 7-12, 1944, Mark Zuehlke, Douglas & MacIntyre, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2005, 424 pages, $29.95.

Canadian Mark Zuehlke has written numerous books about the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II. Holding Juno is another well-researched history that readers will enjoy. Zuehlke had originally planned to combine the events of 7 to 12 June 1944 with his book on the Canadian experience during the Normandy invasion, but instead wrote two books. This one is an excellent companion to Juno Beach, Canada's D-Day Victory: June 6, 1944 (Douglas & McIntyre, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2004).

Zuehlke adds significantly to the understanding of the Allies' contributions during World War II, an area that is often overlooked and not fully appreciated. He tells the story of the initial battles between 3 Canadian Division and the German 12th SS Division in the crucial days following the invasion.

The Germans had moved up armored forces and immediately counterattacked the Canadians on 7 June when the Canadians were just short of their D-Day objectives. …