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Men of Steel

Canadian Paratroopers in Normandy, 1944

by Bernd Horn

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military & wars, canada, boys & men
list price: $19.99
also available: eBook
published: 2010
publisher: Dundurn
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
12 to 15
7 to 10
Reading age:
12 to 15
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Take a trip back in time to the chaos and destruction of the greatest invasion in military history, viewed through the lens of Canadian paratroopers. Men of Steel is the exciting story of some of Canada’s toughest and most daring soldiers in the Second World War.

In the dead of night, on 5/6 June 1944, hundreds of elite Canadian paratroopers hurled themselves from aircraft behind enemy lines. That daring act set the stage for the eventual success of the Allied invasion fleet. From aircraft formations striking out from England on a turbulent flight across the English Channel to the tumultuous drop over Occupied Europe and deadly close combat in the Normandy countryside, Men of Steel is a detailed account of Canadian paratroopers and their instrumental role in D-Day.

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Contributor notes

Colonel Bernd Horn is an experienced infantry officer who has commanded at the unit and subunit level. He has filled key command appointments such as deputy commander of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, and offer commanding 3 Commando, the Canadian Airborne Regiment. Dr. Horn is also an adjunct professor of history at the Royal Military College of Canada. He has authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited 28 books and numerous articles on military history and military affairs. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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Editorial Reviews

"It is a valuable addition to the books written for youths about Canadas military history."

— CM Magazine

"Men of Steel is a good introductory source on the topic of Canadian paratroopers during WWII and is ample in describing the circumstances they faced on the ground and in the air."

— Esprit de Corps
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About the Author

Bernd Horn

Colonel Bernd Horn is a retired Regular Force infantry officer and military educator. Dr. Horn has authored, co-authored, and edited more than forty books, including A Most Ungentlemanly Way of War: The SOE and the Canadian Connection and No Ordinary Men: Special Operations Forces Missions in Afghanistan. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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