One of my main interests is the history of World War Two, especially the role played by the Canadians. It helps that I am in the Canadian army reserves.
One of the events where the Canadians really proved themselves was at the Juno landing on D-Day. I am amazed at how often I hear about D-Day being an American and British operation. Sure, the Canadians only had one beach, but it could be argued that the Canadians were the most successful of all the landings that day.
I bring all this up because I recently finished reading Juno: Canadians at D-Day by Ted Barris. I quite enjoyed the book. I consider myself fairly well read on Juno but I learned some things that I did not know about before.
I really appreciated the sharing of stories by individual Canadians who participated in some way in the landing. Barris uses this technique very effectively, making the stories come alive as the reader imagines what it was like in the landing craft or being trapped by machine gun fire.
Juno is an easy read and I recommend it to anyone looking to learn the basics of the role of the Canadians on D-Day.