As June 6, 1944 passed into history, the Allied battle to hold onto the French soil won on D-Day began. Six miles inland from Juno Beach, 3rd Canadian Infantry Division had advanced, at great cost in lives, farther than any other Allied division. But an even grimmer, bloodier fight than winning the beach awaited. Infantry and tankers now slammed head-on into the fury of the 12th SS (Hitlerjugend) Panzer Division, which was determined to hurl the invaders back into the sea. For six days, the outcome hung in the balance as the Canadians and fanatical Hitler Youth engaged in close-quarters battle neither side could afford to lose. Holding Juno dramatically retells this all-or-nothing battle that decided the fate of the Normandy invasion.
Published by Douglas & McIntyre, 2005: 423 pages.
2006 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize Winner
The Globe and Mail: "a meticulous, often gripping story.. The scenes recounted here sometimes make the film The Longest Day seem tame by comparison.. an eloquent accounting."
The Victoria Times-Colonist: "Zuehlke's skill lies in selecting sufficient detail to paint an effective picture without bogging us down in too much minutiae."
Quill & Quire: "Mark Zuehlke has emerged as Canada's pre-eminent writer of popular military history. Holding Juno, the follow-up to Juno Beach.. only confirms that accolade...Holding Juno brings to the battle narrative a breathtaking and unparalleled level of detail... Offering long overdue recognition for the [Canadian] efforts, Zuehlke has done a great service in excellent form."