Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, a hard-won victory for Allied forces during the Second World War. Veterans, leaders, dignataries and civilians across the globe gather to commemorate and honour the fallen, both at small ceremonies and international summits. Three hundred and forty Canadians died on June 6, 1944, fighting on the battlefield which came to be called Juno Beach. Here are five books focusing on our nation's heroes and the sacrifices made on that historic day.
D-Day Juno Beach: Canada's 24 Hours of Destiny by Lance Goddard
Part illustrated chronicle and part interview transcript, this book records a momentous battle hour by fierce, fatiguing hour.
Fields of Fire: The Canadians in Normandy by Terry Copp
A military historian takes a closer look at the campaign and analyzes different strategies and tactics.
Juno: Canadians at D-Day by Ted Barris
An ensemble retelling of the battle, constructed from hundreds of interviews with veterans, from soldiers who fought on the Normandy shore to sailors who operated the guns of the surrounding ships.