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A Nation Forged in Fire; Canadians and the Second World War 1939-1945
Back the Attack! Canadian Women During the Second World War - at Home and Abroad
The Canadians at War 1939-45, Volume I
Days of Victory; Canadians Remember 1939-1945
On the Homefront; a Scrapbook of Canadian World War II Memorabilia
Six War Years 1939-1945; Memories of Canadians at Home and Abroad
The Home Front in the Second World War
Victory 1945; Canadians from War to Peace
Voices of a War Remembered; an Oral History of Canadians in World War Two

A Nation Forged in Fire; Canadians and the Second World War 1939-1945

by J. L. Granatstein and Desmond Morton - Published by Lester and Orphen Dennys Ltd., 1989 - 287 pages

The book gives a detailed overview of the war in its nine chapters, which are titled as follows:
  • I - To War Once More
  • II - War at Home and Abroad 1940-42
  • III - Action Stations: The Wavy Navy at War
  • IV - Per Ardua Ad Astra: the RCAF at War
  • V - Sicily and Italy
  • VI - Changes at Home
  • VII - The Normandy Campaign
  • VIII - Victory
  • IX - A Nation Forged in Fire

    Although most of the book is about the conflicts overseas, there is some good information about life on the home front. The second chapter includes a section about the war economy and the controversy over whether to use conscripts overseas. Chapter Six is devoted to the positive changes that took place in Canada's social welfare program and the country's emerging status in the world. The last chapter expresses the authors' conclusion that, "The Second World War was a just war."

    Three appendices list the RCN ships, RCAF squadrons, and the major Army divisions.
    There are many photos and images and a good index.