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An Evening with Ted Barris

Friday Nov 15 2019 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Travel Alcove

Discussing and signing Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire (Patrick Crean Editions).

Noted military historian Ted Barris once asked his father, Alex, “What did you do in the war?” What the former US Army medic then told his son forms the thrust of Barris’s latest historic journey—an exploration of his father’s wartime experiences as a medic leading up to the Battle of the Bulge in 1944–45, along with stories of other medics in combat throughout history.

Barris’s research reveals that this bloodiest of WWII battles was shouldered largely by military medics. Like his father, Alex, medics in combat evacuated the wounded on foot, scrounged medical supplies where there were seemed to be none, and dodged snipers and booby traps on the most frigid and desolate battlefields of Europe. While retracing his father’s wartime experience, the author weaves into his narrative stories about the life-and-death struggles of military medical personnel during a century of service.

In this unique front-line recounting of the experiences of stretcher bearers, medical corpsmen, nurses, surgeons, orderlies, dentists and ambulance drivers, Barris explores the evolution of battlefield medicine at such historic engagements as Fredericksburg, Batoche, the Ypres Salient, the Somme, Vimy, Singapore, Dieppe, Normandy, Falaise, Bastogne, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. Barris’s sources reveal—like never before—why men and women sporting the red cross on their helmets or sleeves didn’t flee to safety but chose instead to rush to assist.

Ted Barris is not a soldier, but the soldier's storyteller, and not a veteran, but recognized by vets as a keeper of the flame. He has published eighteen non-fiction books, half of them wartime histories. For forty years, he has worked as a broadcaster on electronic media in Canada and the US. He is a full-time journalism professor at Toronto's Centennial College and author of the Barris Beat column/blog. His book, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story, won the 2014 Libris Award for best non-fiction book in Canada. His latest book, Dam Busters, won the 2018 RCAF Association NORAD Trophy.

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Rush to Danger

- by Ted Barris

Hardcover $32.99 - Add to Cart
Reader Reward Price: $29.69

Noted military historian Ted Barris once asked his father, Alex, "What did you do in the war?" What the former US Army medic then told his son forms the thrust of Barris's latest historic journey--an exploration of his father's wartime experiences as a medic leading up to the Battle of the Bulge in 1944-45, along with stories of other medics in combat throughout history.   

Barris's research reveals that this bloodiest of WWII battles was shouldered largely by military medics. Like his father, Alex, medics in combat evacuated the wounded on foot, scrounged medical supplies where there were seemed to be none, and dodged snipers and booby traps on the most frigid and desolate battlefields of Europe. While retracing his father's wartime experience, the author weaves into his narrative stories about the life-and-death struggles of military medical personnel during a century of service.

In this unique front-line recounting of the experiences of stretcher bearers, medical corpsmen, nurses, surgeons, orderlies, dentists and ambulance drivers, Barris explores the evolution of battlefield medicine at such historic engagements as Fredericksburg, Batoche, the Ypres Salient, the Somme, Vimy, Singapore, Dieppe, Normandy, Falaise, Bastogne, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. Barris's sources reveal--like never before--why men and women sporting the red cross on their helmets or sleeves didn't flee to safety but chose instead to rush to assist.

 

Dam Busters

- by Ted Barris

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Reader Reward Price: $17.99

National Bestseller

Foreword by Peter Mansbridge

"Barris tells the jaw-dropping story of a night that changed the war." --The Globe and Mail

 It was a night that changed the Second World War. The secret air raid against the hydroelectric dams of Germany's Ruhr River took years to plan, involved an untried bomb and included the best aircrewmen RAF Bomber Command could muster--many of them Canadian. The attack marked the first time the Allies tactically took the war inside Nazi Germany. It was a military operation that became legendary.

On May 16, 1943, nineteen Lancaster bombers carrying 133 airmen took off on a night sortie code-named Operation Chastise. Hand-picked and specially trained, the Lancaster crews flew at treetop level to the industrial heartland of the Third Reich and their targets--the Ruhr River dams, whose massive water reservoirs powered Nazi Germany's military-industrial complex.

Each Lancaster carried an explosive, which when released just sixty feet over the reservoirs, bounced like a skipping stone to the dam, sank and exploded. The raiders breached two dams and damaged a third. The resulting torrent devastated enemy power plants, factories and infrastructure a hundred miles downstream.

Every airmen on the raid understood that the odds of survival were low. Of the nineteen outbound bombers, eight did not return. Operation Chastise cost the lives of fifty-three airmen, including fourteen Canadians. Of the sixteen RCAF men who survived, seven received military decorations.

Based on interviews, personal accounts, flight logs, maps and photographs of the Canadians involved, Dam Busters recounts the dramatic story of these young Commonwealth bomber crews tasked with a high-risk mission against an enemy prepared to defend the Fatherland to the death.