15 January 2007

A sad moment for Canada's military history

Today's edition of The Globe and Mail ran an obituary with implications for Canadian military history. George Gideon Blackburn, "soldier and author", died on 15 November 2006 in Ottawa of complications due to cancer at the age of eighty-nine. Although not a military historian in the strictest sense, George Blackburn's memoirs of his service with The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery - The Guns of Normandy, The Guns of Victory, and Where the Hell are the Guns? - surely rank amongst the best memoirs of Canadian military history published in the last few decades. The obituary was written by Buzz Bourdon and does justice to the memory of this man and his place in Canada's military heritage. My thanks to Mark at The Torch for posting this story, bringing it to my attention in the process.

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