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.
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.
... 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."
Other titles by Bernd Horn
The Wrecking Crew
Operation Colossus, 10 February 1941
Shadow Warriors / Les Guerriers de l'Ombre
The Canadian Special Operations Forces Command / Le Commandement des Forces d’Opérations Spéciales du Canada
Canadian Forces in Afghanistan 3-Book Bundle
No Easy Task / No Ordinary Men / No Lack of Courage
No Ordinary Men
Special Operations Forces Missions in Afghanistan
A Most Ungentlemanly Way of War
The SOE and the Canadian Connection
Forced to Change
Crisis and Reform in the Canadian Armed Forces
Of Courage and Determination
The First Special Service Force, "The Devil's Brigade," 1942–44
Doing Canada Proud
The Second Boer War and the Battle of Paardeberg
No Easy Task
Fighting in Afghanistan
Battle Cries in the Wilderness
The Struggle for North America in the Seven Years’ War
Other titles by Romeo Dallaire
Waiting for First Light
My Ongoing Battle with PTSD
Collapse of a Country
A Diplomat's Memoir of South Sudan
Old Enough to Fight
Canada's Boy Soldiers in the First World War
How We Stopped Loving the Bomb
An insider's account of the world on the brink of banning nuclear arms
They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children
The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers
Religion in the Ranks
Belief and Religious Experience in the Canadian Forces
A Soldier's Memoir of Sarajevo Under Siege
Seeking the Sacred
Leading a Spiritual Life in a Secular World
Shake Hands with the Devil
The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda