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South Albertas: A Canadian Regiment at War Hardcover – May 22, 1998


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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Robin Brass Studio; First Edition edition (May 22, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896941060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896941066
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,203,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andreas Biermann on December 22, 2001
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Donald Graves has written the book by which any small unit history will have to be measured in the future. At the risk of repeating what Michael wrote - the book contains a most impressive narrative of all the actions of this regiment, including the full treatment of the celebrated stand at St. Lambert-sur-Dive that won the only VC for the Canadian Armoured Corps, and it is lavishly illustrated, with photos and maps explaining the situation on the ground. Donald Graves' writing is concise, to the point, and very successful in bringing the story to life. The most touching point is the identification of every single casualty of the regiment by name, their pre-war occupation, age and family status, setting a memorial for the men. As someone with a strong interest in the Commonwealth military of WW II I found this a superbly done book, teaching me more about the way things were then for the men fighting than any other book I have read. It is well worth any cent it costs, and I hope it will stay available for a time to come.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Winnington-Ball on March 24, 2002
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Donald Graves has broken new ground in that he has written what constitutes - without qualification - what is simply the finest regimental history ever to see print. He blends perfectly the veterans' experience with detailed historical research, and supplements the package with hundreds of original photographs and superb line drawings of everything from the tanks themselves to local campaign maps. His appendices are the best I have ever seen.
Regardless of the depth of your prior knowledge of the Canadians in WW2, finishing Graves' SOUTH ALBERTAS will leave you awestruck, wishing for more. I would hope that this author and others might consider similar, follow-up works on other Canadian regiments, while the veterans are still with us; there can be no greater tribute to their sacrifices. Other, popular histories are but a pale imitation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dorosh on September 1, 2001
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Outstanding, from the colour photo section, to the detailed appendices, and the "war manual" for those not versed in WW II military terminology or practices (this is helpful for civilian and current soldier alike, as much has changed in 50 years). The book is solidly researched from primary sources, lavishly illustrated with photographs from personal collections, and contains many personal stories and reminiscences. The darker chapters (two men being drummed out of the regiment for raping a Dutch woman) are given equal time with the regiment's loftier achievements. A great book about Canadian tankers in WW II and a must read for anyone interested in the Canadian Armoured Corps in WW II, or Canadian soldiers at war in general. Thank you Mister Graves for setting the standard.
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I first became acquainted with Don Graves and his work while deployed during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002. Don coordinated with Maj Danny McLeod, MC, a legend in the Canadian Armoured Corps whose exploits are recounted in the book. Danny sent me a copy of South Albertas and I carried it with me from OEF straight to what became Operation Iraqi Freedom. The book is riveting in its detail and brings to life the men who comprised the unit from its inception, on to England, and across the Continent. Don Graves also wrote Century of Service, the companion to South Albertas, which covers the South Alberta Light Horse. I highly recommend both books to anyone wanting to know about Canadian military history in World War II in general and the history of a storied regiment in particular. A true treasure!
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