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    Oct 31, 2010
    To those whose interests include engineers in the Second World War, John Sliz is fast acquiring a reputation for solid research and useful books. Previous titles on the evacuation of Arnhem and assault boats in Canadian service in the Second World War are well known to buffs of those topics. This foray into a broader, albeit still niche, topic is equally well done. Like Sliz, many have long been puzzled by the lack of decent, basic information on organization and employment of the basic combat engineer units of the Royal Canadian Engineers in the Second World War. Some books, such as Jean Bouchery's THE CANADIAN SOLDIER, touch briefly on the topic but don't speak with authority. Sliz has provided a wealth of very useful information in an attractive presentation. He starts with a useful glossary of terms. Some will be familiar, others not - I had no idea a "derrick" was simply a truck with a winch, for example. The meat of the book is in the organizational charts for the... More > various types of units, including Field Companies, Field Park Companies, Divisional Bridging Platoons, Electrical and Mechanical Sections, Headquarters Troops, Survey Units, or in other words, all the RCE units one finds on the divisional orders of battle in most histories, but whose functions are almost never explained. The book is sensibly and cleanly laid out, and some period photos accompany the text. The photos are well chosen and nicely complement the subject matter. All in all an incredibly useful reference to R.C.E. units in the Second World War that comes highly recommended.< Less
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September 22, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.24 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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