Montcalm & Wolfe

Montcalm & Wolfe

Two Men Who Forever Changed the Course of Canadian History

Book - 2014
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One of Canada's most beloved raconteurs tells the story of Wolfe and Montcalm and the Plains of Abraham

In September 1759, a small band of British troops led by James Wolfe scaled the tall cliff overlooking a farmer's field owned by Abraham Martin and overpowered the French garrison that protected the area, allowing the bulk of the British army to ascend the cliff behind and attack the French who, led by Louis-Joseph Montcalm, were largely unaware of Wolfe's tactics. The battle that ensued on what would become known as the Plains of Abraham would forever shape the geography and politics of Canada.

Montcalm and Wolfe, written by one of the finest writers this country has ever produced, is the epic story of this battle told through the lives of the two generals, Wolfe and Montcalm. The book is a dual biography of the men and their most famous battle written by a master storyteller. What kind of life did they have before they took up arms? What were the two men really like? And, most importantly, what forces brought the two men to face each other in a battle that forged a nation?

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., ©2014
ISBN: 9781443436885
Branch Call Number: 971.0188 CAR 2014
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 24 cm

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May 07, 2015

A well researched and very detailed account of the lives of Montcalm and Wolfe from an early age to the decisive battle that forever changed the history and politics of Canada.
Every detail of the final battle is covered including the weeks before the battle, including many very interesting quotes of Montcalm and Wolfe, which clearly shows their respective worries , concerns and battle strategies.
As the battle began, Montcalm was convinced that " the enemy does not have wings, that he might in the same night, cross over, land, negotiate the broken terrain and climb." But that is exactly what Wolfe did, including hauling two cannon up a very treacherous hill. I was amazed to learn that the well trained British soldiers did not fire until the French were at 40 paces. Then at 15 paces much of the French lines were in total disarray and rather than reforming their ranks, "panic was stronger than discipline."
Shortly after being wounded three times, Wolfe said, "now I can die content." Montcalm died the next day totally demoralized.
Many direct quotes throughout the book makes it very interesting and shows the true character of Montcalm and Wolfe and many of their aides. And just like all wars to this day it is the people, in this case, the Canadiens who suffer and lose the most.

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