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Terrible Victory

September 2008

“Each book is a labour of love for Zuehlke… Terrible Victory, which features a fragmented battle over numerous areas, was a challenge for him to piece together in a linear fashion. ...Zuehlke is fascinated by the generation who went through the Second World War and lived to shape our nation as it is today. …[He thinks] in order to understand them you have to understand the experience that they went through.”

Victoria News, Sep 23, 2008
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Terrible Victory

June 2008

“Zuehlke has honed his techniques over time – heave interviewing of veterans and a good, thorough scouring of the archival sources and secondary literature. The result, as in his Terrible Victory… is a very good study of the 2nd Canadian Corps’ hard-fought battles in the mud and on the polders of the approaches to Antwerp. …Zuehlke has a good eye for the telling detail.”

Legion Magazine, Jun 30, 2008
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Terrible Victory

June 2008

“Zuehlke brings readers into the terrifying experience of Canadian soldiers slogging through the mud and wet of the Dutch polders, while providing the strategic context and importance of the battle before them. …Terrible Victory continues Zuehlke’s impressive run of bringing to light Canada’s most important contributions of the Second World War.”

The Beaver, Jun 17, 2008
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Terrible Victory

February 2008

"A fascinating recreation of the a forgotten yet hard-won campaign crucial to the war effort, and a highly recommended supplement to World War II history shelves."

Midwest Book Review, Feb 22, 2008
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Terrible Victory

January 2008

“Mark Zuehlke has brought to life a woefully under-recorded chapter in Canadian history in the excellent Terrible Victory. …Zuehlke’s skill in writing battle narrative remains unsurpassed. The book conveys a vast amount of detail while remaining an enormously engaging, heart-rendering, and exciting read. … ,Terrible Victory rises to a whole new level and can be enjoyed by anyone interested in Canadian military history. …Zuehlke has done a masterful job giving the campaign its full due at last.”

Quill & Quire, *** Starred Review ***, Jan 23, 2008
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Terrible Victory

November 2007

Terrible Victory does not focus strictly on the hostilities between those in command, although the personality conflicts between key planners… are brought to life for the reader. Instead, Zuehlke examines the battle from the point of view of the Canadian and German sides, utilizing memoirs, regimental histories and personal papers of those in the battle. …Zuehlke is very effective in creating images of the efforts …of the many units that participated in this campaign. … [He] covers them with as much detail and clarity as possible without overwhelming the reader. …his work is a welcome addition to Second World War literature on the subject.”

Globe and Mail, Nov 10, 2007
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Terrible Victory

October 2007

“There is no question that Mark Zuehlke has become one of Canada’s best historical writers [and] …Zuehlke has produced another winner. Terrible Victory covers the little known series of battles to wrest the strategically vital Scheldt estuary from the Germans. ...Zuehlke brings this story to light in his inimitable style.”

Canadian Military Magazine, Oct 15, 2007
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