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Fortune Favours the Brave

Tales of Courage and Tenacity in Canadian Military History

edited by Bernd Horn

foreword by Romeo Dallaire

Publisher
Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2009
Category
Canada, General, General
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781550028416
    Publish Date
    Jan 2009
    List Price
    $35.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781770705166
    Publish Date
    Jan 2009
    List Price
    $9.99

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Description

Many Canadians see the role their country’s military plays in Afghanistan as an anomaly. However, this assumption is far from the truth. As U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has commented, "Canadians are fierce fighters." Fortune Favours the Brave certainly proves this point in a collection of essays that showcases the fighting spirit and courage of Canada’s military.

Daring actions featured in the book include the intrepid assault on the Fortress of Louisbourg and the cat-and-mouse struggle between Canadian partisans and Rogers’s Rangers in the Seven Years’ War in the 1750s; the seesaw battle for the Niagara frontier in the War of 1812; an innovative trench raid in the First World War; the valiant parachute assault to penetrate the Third Reich in the Second World War; the infamous battle at Kap’yong in the Korean War; covert submarine operations during the Cold War; the Medak Pocket clash in Croatia in the early 1990s; and Operation Medusa in Afghanistan.

About the authors

Colonel Bernd Horn, an experienced Canadian Forces infantry officer, is currently chief of staff of the Land Forces Development and Training System. Dr. Horn is also an adjunct professor of history at the Royal Military College and has authored, co-authored, or edited 28 books. Some of his recent publications are Fortune Favours the Brave and Show No Fear. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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Lieutenant-General Romeo Daillaire served thirty-five years with the Canadian Armed Forces and now sits in the Canadian Senate. His Governor General's Literary Award-winning book, Shake Hands With the Devil, exposed the failures of the international community to stop the Rwandan genocide. His second book They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children, exposed the increasing use of child soldiers, as he saw first hand in Rwanda. Dallaire has received numerous honours and awards, including Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002. His activities continue to include work on genocide prevention, the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons and the Child Soldier Initiative, which seeks to develop a conceptual base for the elimination of the use of child soldiers.

Romeo Dallaire's profile page

Editorial Reviews

... both chapters on Afghanistan ... are the best company-level battle narratives currently available, and by themselves are worth the price of the book.

Quill & Quire

"...the last three chapters on operations in the Balkans and Afghanistan should be required reading for all Canadians, to show them how dramatically United Nations missions have changed within the last 20 years."

Chronicle-Herald, The

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