The ninth book in the Canadian Battle Series, Breakout from Juno, is the first dramatic chronicling of Canada's pivotal role throughout the entire Normandy Campaign following the D-Day landings.
On July 4, 1944, the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division won the village of Carpiquet but not the adjacent airfield. Instead of a speedy victory, the men faced a bloody fight. The Canadians advanced relentlessly at a great cost in bloodshed. Within 2 weeks the 2nd Infantry and 4th Armoured divisions joined coming together as the First Canadian Army.The soldiers fought within a narrow landscape extending a mere 21 miles from Caen to Falaise. They won a two-day battle for Verrires Ridge starting on July 21, after 1,500 casualties. More bloody battles followed, until finally, on August 21, the narrowing gap that had been developing at Falaise closed when American and Canadian troops shook hands.
The German army in Normandy had been destroyed, with only 18,000 of about 400,000 men escaping. The Allies suffered 206,000 casualties, of which 18,444 were Canadians.
Breakout from Juno is a story of uncommon heroism, endurance, and sacrifice by Canada's World War II volunteer army and pays tribute to Canada's veterans.
The ninth installation in prolific military historian Mark Zuehlke’s acclaimed Canadian Battles series, Breakout from Juno: First Canadian Army and the Normandy Campaign, July 4 - August 21, 1944 follows Canadian forces through their involvement in D-Day and beyond as World War II came to a close.
The action in this educational and engrossing audiobook is easy to follow, with voice actor Dan Woren turning in a clear and well-paced performance, his sharp and careful intonation bringing polish to this engaging history. Zuehlke moves swiftly through the series of battles and advances which ultimately contribute to the demolition of the German army in Normandy.
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Interesting look at the Canadian contribution
Disappointing narration and geography
The pronunciation of French towns is so confusing as to be be misleading. For example, the airfield at Carpiquet is a key element in the story; The narrator consistently calls it "Kew-picket"... it was many references later that I realized the town he was talking about is the one which should correctly be pronounced "CAR-pee-kay."
And "Loo-tenant"-general Crerar... "Loo-tenant?" Really? In the Canadian Army? Try "Lef-tenant," please.
As a Canadian who owns a house in Normandy, and quite familiar with the places in this story, I was surprised to hear a significant geographical error within in the first 10 minutes of listening. The Cotentin peninsula is in Normandy, not Brittany.
I applaud that this project was done. But I've outgrown giving reward stars to Canadian-focused productions just for trying.