Fighting From Home: The Second World War in Verdun

Any Verdunites out there? Fighting from Home is a new book by Serge Durflinger, an assistant professor at the University of Ottawa who specializes in the study of war and Canadian society. Here’s a blurb about the book:

In Verdun, English and French speakers lived side by side. Through their home-front activities as much as through enlistment, they proved themselves partners in the prosecution of Canada’s war. Shared experiences and class similarities shaped responses based first and foremost in a sense of local identity.

This book might be of particular interest to anyone that either grew up, lives, has lived or knows anyone with any relation to the burrow of Verdun. I am proud to be one of those people and I intend on purchasing a copy. It can also make for a nice Christmas gift to anyone with an interest in military history, especially Canadian history.

A copy can be purchased directly at UBC Press right here. The hardcover edition is also available on, they will hopefully have the paperback version available soon.

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