Because We Are Canadians

Because We Are Canadians

A Battlefield Memoir

eBook - 2005
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This is the story of one man's war-the memoirs of Sgt. Charles D. Kipp, who served with the Canadian army on active duty in Europe during the bloody days and weeks following D-Day. What makes this work stand out from other Second World War battlefield journals is its unadorned, almost naive sense-a guileless attention to small details, horrific and beautiful, that Kipp recalls from his experiences. . First published in 2003, this is a must-read, not only for veterans of the War and military history buffs, but also for anyone who seeks to understand what ordinary soldiers endured during the Sec
Publisher: Vancouver [B.C.] : Douglas & McIntyre, 2005, c2003 (Saint-Lazare, Quebec : Gibson Library Connections, 2010)
Edition: 1st pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781926706788
Characteristics: 1 online resource (294 p., [24] p. of plates : ill., maps, ports.)
Additional Contributors: Sykes, Lynda


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Jan 25, 2019

I wish I could have enjoyed this book, however the editor failed to correct fragmented sentences and help the author processes his thoughts to be more coherent. The memoir jumps around a lot and he uses the same sentence starters over and over again. He said "boy those German's were scared" so often that I wonder if it they were ever not scared. He then complains at the end of the book how the Canadian government would not give him a pension for heart problems and a heart attack he had during the war because they did not have records of it - why don't they have records? Because every time a doctor told him they wanted to run tests or take him to the hospital he said no and ran out before they could do any paperwork! At the end he reflects on the war and meets Germans he had fought against during one of the battles. This was interesting and probably the highlight of the book, however he makes it extremely clear that he was too good to be speaking to them and talks about how they wanted to make peace and he refused.

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