The Battle for Quebec 1759

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    The definitive history of the campaigns in Canada between the British and French Empires during the Seven Years War. On September 13, 1759, British and French forces fought one of the most decisive battles of history, on the Plains of Abraham outside the Canadian capital of Quebec. The British force decisively routed the French, seized the city and ultimately all of Canada. Both the French and British commanders fell in the battle, and ever since the pathos and heroism of the encounter have engrossed historians. The struggle for Quebec was far more than one climactic battle. The campaign involved an immense military and naval operation, an eighteenth-century D-Day, which had begun the year before. Matthew Ward has researched extensively in archives in Britain and Canada to look at the entire campaign for Quebec, from its inception in Whitehall to its ultimate culmination in Montreal in 1760. He has probed beyond the actions of commanders and generals, to examine the experiences of the campaign for the ordinary soldier and civilian. What emerges is not just a picture of bravery and heroism, but also of a campaign which became increasingly brutal and cruel, both sides resorting to practices such as the routine scalping of enemy dead. It is also a surprising picture of the day-to-day, often mundane, lives of civilians and troops many thousands of miles from home.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherTempus Publishing
    ISBN (Print)9780752419978
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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    Quebec
    Canada
    Heroism
    Commanders
    History
    Soldiers
    French Empire
    Seven Years War
    Troops
    Generals
    Military
    Pathos
    Naval
    Montreal
    Historian
    Enemy
    British Empire

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    Ward, M. C. (2005). The Battle for Quebec 1759. Tempus Publishing.
    Ward, Matthew C. / The Battle for Quebec 1759. Tempus Publishing, 2005.
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