As we approach yet another important World War I battle centenary – Newfoundlanders at the Somme on 1st July, 1916 – I am looking ahead to another. It is, perhaps, one of – if not the – most famous.  Next year, 9 April, 2017, will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

9274188176_427b573c94_oAs we approach that date I have decided on a reading list that I hope to get through before then. In addition to reading about Vimy Ridge, the list includes books about next month’s centenary, as well as other battlefields that I have visited. About half of these were already in my personal library and I have recently purchased the others. There has been so much written on these subjects, it was hard to narrow the list down and there are many more books on my Amazon Wish List.

It’s an impressive (i.e. long) list – especially as it would be nice to read some non-war related books, too. Maybe even some fiction! But we’ll see how far we get.

Will you join me with any of these? Do you have any recommendations?

I hope to get started soon. First, I ‘have’ to read Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper by Jody Mitic because I have a couple of podcasts that Jody guests on that I’m waiting on listening to. I want to read the book first. I’m hoping to start that tomorrow!

After that, my plan is to start with Somme – hopefully get at least one read before Canada Day, then Assault on Germany, Vimy, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, with the rest at the end.

Vimy 100 Reading List

Assault on Germany: The Battle for Geilenkirchen
(Finished 13 September, 2016)

A Bridge Too FarD-Day: The Battle for Normandy

Empires of the Dead: How One Man’s Vision Led to the Creation of WWI’s War Graves
(Finished 5 October, 2016)
The German Army on Vimy Ridge 1914-1917
(Currently reading)

Juno: Canadians at D-Day, June 6, 1944

(Finished 16 August, 2016)

The Somme: The Darkest Hour on the Western FrontStorm of SteelThe Unending Vigil: The History of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Vimy(Finished 14 December, 2016)

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