This is the story of the average Canadian who volunteered for the Canadian Expeditionary Force told through the lens of one battalion - the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division. This Highland Regiment fought in the Ypres Salient and in the Somme, at Vimy, Passchendaele, and Amiens. It suffered the first gas attack; its ranks were decimated as it fought at virtually every major battle in the European theatre.
From the declaration of war to the cessation of hostilities, Zuehlke follows the battalion from marshalling and training in Canada, across the Atlantic to England, and then landing in Europe. In graphic detail he takes the reader into the trenches and onto the shell-pocked battlefields, through assaults on ridges and wooded valleys. Brave Battalion is not a sweeping history of the conflict. It is rather the story of war on the ground as told through the accomplishments of a band of brothers - the Canadian Scottish - who came to represent the best of what Canada sent into battle.
Brave Battalion is a preeminent example of why Mark Zuehlke has been hailed as one of Canada's foremost military historians. Telling the story of the Canadian Scottish 16th Battalion of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division during the First World War, Zuehlke's informative descriptions, coupled with the authoritative performance of Thomas Fawley, bring the listener into the trenches and across the battlegrounds from Canada over to England and, eventually, Europe. Fans of nonfiction and WWI lore will be thrilled by Zuehlke's narrative of the defeats and accomplishments of these brave men.
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Oh, those brave men!
Probably a good book but the presentation is baddd
While perusing the history section I came across this title which was in the very small Canadian enclave. As a military history buff I was interested enough to put my audible credit down and give it a try. I wish that I could actually give this book a good and fair review but I'm sorry to say that the performance was so distractingly bad that I'm probably not qualified to tell how good the book actually is. Honestly, probably 4 hours into it ( what can I say I'm a completionist ) and there are huge reams of this recording I could tell you nothing about because I had been so distracted by the presenters absolute lack of knowledge about how to pronounce the names of famous Canadians along with Canadian cities, provinces and prime ministers. Ok, now I know someone is going to say that, being Canadian, I'm overly touchy here but honestly, who is this book about Canadian Military history likely to be read by? Canadians right? So don't you think you should do a little research? If you don't know how to pronounce Aurelia thats one thing, but you can't pronounce Vancouver? You're killing me. And its Byng, as in "Bing", rhymes with ring, not any of the dozen ways it was pronounced here. Sooooooo many of these.
Ok ok, I'll cool down for a moment. Wait. What? He's doing what? No. You can't be serious. Yep. He's doing impressions, he is faking French, Scotch, English and German accents. I really didn't even know what to say at this point. I'm realitively new to audio books but outside of a children's book I've never heard anything like this.
I hate sounding like a total jerk, and if this had been something from Libravox or any free/volunteer based recording I would have just skipped it and moved on but when someone is charging for this I had to say something.
Sorry Thomas Fawley, this was just not your finest hour.
I could only assume it would be a comedy and I'm more of the drama type.
Please audible, have someone else record this book! You are charging money for this !