On To Victory
Tim Cook, Canada's History
Zuehlke succeeds in finding that middle ground between writing academic history and relying exclusively on strung-together eyewitness accounts. This is good history, told well, and makes for powerful reading. The raw sights of battle, the cacophony of sounds, the stench of the dead – it is all here in its full brutality.
Quill & Quire
Zuehlke writes brilliantly, maintaining a fine balance between objective operational fact and human detail, providing the reader with the emotional resonance necessary to understand what happened, not just know what happened.” On To Victory continues this approach, expertly blending official reports with first-hand accounts to create a fast–paced, exciting read…With On To Victory, Zuehlke continues building a canon all his own.
Victoria Times Colonist
Zuehlke is able to pull together hundreds of stories from different people who were there and turn them into a highly readable account of some of the pivotal days of the war. He also helps to explain the remarkable bond between Canada and the Netherlands that came to life during the fighting and has only grown stronger in the six day’s since the war’s end…as valuable as his battle series is today, it will only become more important in the years to come.
Zuehlke’s diligent pursuit of detail in official and personal sources–including regimental histories, veteran memoirs, interviews and accounts from designated brigade war diaries–means that we don’t just get the movement of troops and he planning of operations. Rather, the reader is virtually wearing the soldier’s uniform, in his boots and in his mind, which makes for an exceptionally immediate and personal experience.
About the Author
Mark Zuehlke is an award-winning author generally considered to be Canada’s foremost popular military historian. His Canadian Battle Series is the most exhaustive recounting of the battles and campaigns fought by any nation during World War II to have been written by a single author.