Too Young to Die: Canada’s Boy Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen in the Second World War by John Boileau, Dan Black
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Overview: John Boileau and Dan Black tell the stories of some of the 30,000 underage youths – some as young as fourteen – who joined the Canadian Armed Forces in the Second World War. Like their predecessors a generation before, these boys managed to enlist despite their youth. Most went on to face action overseas in what would become the deadliest military conflict in human history. They enlisted for a myriad of personal reasons – ranging from the appeal of earning regular pay after the unemployment and poverty of the Depression to the desire to avenge the death of a brother or father killed overseas. Canada’s boy soldiers, sailors and airmen saw themselves contributing to the war effort in a visible, meaningful way, even when that meant taking on very adult risks and dangers of combat. Too Young to Die provides a touching and fascinating perspective on the Canadian experience in the Second World War.
Genre: Non-Fiction > History