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1 Blackburn, George G.(signed)

Where the Hell are the Guns, A Soldier's Eye View of the Anxious Years, 1939-44 -a Signed Copy ( 4th Field Regiment / Canadian Army - Armed Forces )( Volume 3 of the Trilogy )

Toronto, Ontario: Toronto, ON: McClelland & Stewart ( M&S ), 1997, 1st Edition, First Printing
1997 0771015046 / 9780771015045
First Edition
Hard Cover
Near Fine (see description)

Near Fine (see description) Andrew Judd cover Art
----------hardcover, a Near Fine copy in a Near Fine dustjacket, signed by Blackburn, 439 pages, b&w photos, chapters include: May 1939 to August 1940 --- Transforming Civilians into Soldiers; August 1940 to July 1942 --- The Metamorphosis of a regiment; June 1941 to June 1942 --- Producing Trainloads of Reinforcements; August 1942 to April 1943 --- The Failure of Dieppe Spurs More Intensive Training for Battle; April 1943 to January 1944 --- Morale Becomes the Big Problem; January 1944 to July 1944 --- Approaching the Final Showdown on the Continent; APPENDIX A: The Plunketts' Marching Song; B: How Ham Roberts Got His Guns Back to England; C: D'You Tell Me as you Didn't Know They Was There?; D: The 25 Pounder - a Super Weapon; E: Artillery Board; F: Losses at Sea; G: A Grim Cavalcade of Defeats; H: Dieppe Reprisals; I: The Genius of Cardinal-Point Ranging; J: The Destructive Power of the V-1 and the British-Canadian-American Proximity Fuse; K: Officers of the 4th Field Regiment RCA; --- INDEX, ---"In Where the Hell Are the Guns?, author George Blackburn returns to the early years of the Second World War. This volume – which completes Blackburn’s award-winning trilogy, extending its coverage to the entire war – brings wartime Canada and England to life in captivating, often comic, detail. With the skill of a novelist and the instincts of a seasoned reporter, this gifted storyteller traces the evolution of Canada’s 4th Field Regiment from a motley assortment of ill-equipped recruits to the cream of the Allied artillery, more than ready to distinguish itself in the maelstrom of the battle for Normandy. --- The Second World War comes to a generation of Canadians one sunny September weekend in 1939. It is a Canada woefully unprepared for conflict, and 4th Field Regiment is rapidly assembled from a grab-bag of volunteers from all walks of life – many of them mavericks and misfits from a depression-ravaged land. The regiment passes its first year in Canada in makeshift accommodation, including hastily converted stables and pigsties in the exhibition grounds of Ottawa and Toronto. For the first few months the soldiers must wear incomplete and moth-eaten uniforms from the Great War, and their early training is conducted using obsolete equipment or no equipment at all. One year into the war, the regiment arrives in England without weapons or vehicles, and a month later, with Britain moving toward the greatest crisis in her history, the regiment is finally equipped with guns – French ones with wooden wheels, dating from 1898. ---From these inauspicious beginnings, the regiment slowly evolves – with mishap and occasionally mayhem along the way – into a proud and polished regiment, which in 1942 is declared “the best field regiment in Britain.” By the time the Allied troops land on the beaches in Normandy, the boys of 4th Field are more than ready to go to war."---, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo

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