Shock Troops

Canadians Fighting The Great War 1917-1918, Volume Two

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    Penguin Canada
About Shock Troops:

Shock Troops follows the Canadian fighting forces during the titanic battles of Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele, and the Hundred Days campaign.

Through the eyes of the soldiers who fought and died in the trenches on the Western Front, and based on newly uncovered Canadian, British, and German archival sources, Cook builds on Volume I of his national bestseller, At the Sharp End. The Canadian fighting forces never lost a battle during the final 2 years of the war, and although they paid a terrible price in the killing fields of the Great War, they were indeed, as British Prime Minister David Lloyd George exclaimed, the shock troops of the Empire.


Awards, Nominations, and Distinctions:

Winner – RBC Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction

Finalist – J.W. Dafoe Book Prize


About the Author(s):

Tim Cook is the First World War Historian at the Canadian War Museum, as well as an adjunct professor at Carleton University. He is the author of No Place to Run and Clio’s Warriors. He lives in Ottawa with his family.


Other Editions:
  • English (Hardcover)


Other Books by Tim Cook:
  • At the Sharp End

  • Fight to the Finish

  • The Madman and the Butcher

  • The Necessary War

  • The Secret History of Soldiers

  • Vimy

  • Warlords