Category Archives: Members Reading Library

Posts that have a bibliographic element to them: lists of books or references that RUSI-VI members may want to look into.

Indigenous People in Canada’s Second World War:

Narratives of Remembrance in an Era of Reconciliation R. Scott Sheffield, PhD. Dr. R. Scott Sheffield is an Associate Professor of History at the University of the Fraser Valley who has spent the bulk of his career researching Indigenous military … Continue reading

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Failed to Return – edited by Keith C. Ogilvie

A compelling look at sixteen stories of Canadians killed and missing in the line of duty while serving in RAF Bomber Command, one of the most dangerous assignments in the Second World War. Despite the risks, the opportunity to fly … Continue reading

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ORTONA: Canada’s Epic WWII Battle

Mark Zuehlke On one blood-soaked week of fighting, December 20 to December 27 1943, 1st Canadian Infantry Division took Ortona Italy, from elite German paratroopers ordered to hold this medieval port town at all costs. The Loyal Edmonton Regiment and … Continue reading

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In Our Youth

The Lives, Adventures, and Sacrifices of Early Canadian Flyers – Angus Scully In Our Youth explores the lives of 32 young Canadian flyers, viewed through the medium of archival photography. All these young men were pilots in the First World … Continue reading

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The Spitfire Luck of Skeets Ogilvie – by Keith C. Ogilvie

When the RCAF wouldn’t accept him as a pilot in the summer of 1939, Keith ‘Skeets’ Ogilvie, the author’s father, walked across the street in Ottawa and joined the RAF. A week later he was on a boat to England … Continue reading

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Reading: Dr. Barry Gough

Dr. Gough presented his talk Churchill and Fisher: Titans at the Admiralty to the RUSI-VI luncheon on Wednesday, February 8, 2023. Here we present a list a books he has written. The Royal Navy and the Northwest Coast of North … Continue reading

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The Red River Expedition 1870

Paul McNicholls For members’ reading library: Journey Through the Wilderness: The Red River Expedition, 1870 by Paul McNicholls To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excelence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting … Continue reading

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Reading: Dr. William F. Stewart

Here we present some books by Dr. William F. Stewart on the First World War which members might want in their reading library: Hardest Battle: The Canadian Corps and the Arras Campaign, 1918 – Dr. William F. Stewart Canadians on … Continue reading

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Reading: Military Theory

As a follow-on to the luncheon presentation by Colonel Oliviero, we present this list of books on Military Theory that members may want to consider adding to their own reading library: Strategia – Charles S. Oliviero On War – Carl … Continue reading

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Reading: Mark Zuehlke

Here we present a list of military history books by Mark Zuehlke books covering the Second World War, First World War, The Interwar Period, and The War of 1812. Members may find these of interest to add to their own reading … Continue reading

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