Brave Battalion: The Remarkable Saga of the 16th Battalion by Mark Zuehlke

By Mark Zuehlke

At the eve of the ninetieth anniversary of the armistice of the nice conflict, Canadians have reason to mirror on a clash so bad and so devastating for households who misplaced a lot of their younger sons. on the town centres throughout Canada, struggle memorials pay tribute to the fallen. Who have been they? From what deep good sprang loads braveness, resourcefulness and resilience? within the a lot and dust of sodden battlegrounds, how did those farmers, fishermen and shopkeepers persevere and acquit themselves so wonderfully opposed to an exceptional foe?

Mark Zuehlke, acclaimed writer and armed forces historian, tells the tale of the common Canadian who volunteered for the Canadian Expeditionary strength throughout the lens of 1 battalion-the sixteenth Battalion (Canadian Scottish) of the first Canadian Infantry department. This Highland Regiment fought within the Ypres Salient and within the Somme, at Vimy and Amiens. It suffered the 1st gasoline assault; its ranks have been decimated because it fought at almost each significant conflict in the ecu theatre.

From the announcement of struggle to the cessation of hostilities, Zuehlke follows the battalion from marshalling and coaching in Canada, around the Atlantic to England, after which touchdown in Europe. In image aspect he is taking the reader into the trenches and onto the shell-pocked battlefields, via attacks on ridges and wooded valleys. One unshakeable, startling photo is that of the piper piping troops into battle-exposed to enemy hearth all of the while.

Brave Battalion isn't really a sweeping heritage of the clash. it is very the tale of conflict at the floor as informed even though the accomplishments of a band of brothers-the Canadian Scottish-who got here to symbolize the simplest of what Canada despatched into conflict.

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In chapter 7, I consider June Jordan’s contribution to bridging African American struggle and war resistance, emerging out of the Black Arts and feminist movements of the 1970s. I analyze Jordan’s stance of “righteous certainty”—a performative pose she adopts in order to claim her own authority to talk back to power. Righteous certainty emerges from Jordan’s struggle against personal and social violence, and thus enables a revaluation of the Yeatsian lyric’s self-oppositionality. In addition to focusing on her involvement in war resistance—through her column in the Progressive, her course “Poetry for the People,” and her readings against the war—I read Jordan’s “The Bombing of Baghdad” as a powerful chant poem that harnesses the lyric as an oppositional and documentary form and invites a transnational progressive audience to identify their own struggles with the struggles of Iraqis.

Even so, Peck— along with most of the others—gradually warmed to this abstract, shabby ‘man of God’; he may not have been their kind of protesting pacifist, but he was manifestly not a fraud” (93). In contrast, Peck acknowledges that though one might think that COs might be united by common goals, “the individualistic COs at Danbury found it almost impossible to agree on any common action to support their cause” (38). Yet, Lowell’s declining to participate in the strike against segregation, and his concomitant silence about it in his “Memories,” are a stark reminder about the epistemological limits—and potential dangers—of “getting the news” from canonized texts.

First, the resisters’ reasons for refusing to serve emerge from different circumstances: Lowell’s Just War principles, Naeve’s anarchism, and Peck’s anti-imperialism. Second, Naeve’s and Peck’s depictions of West Street Jail and Danbury Prison, where all three served the tenure of their sentences, corroborate the physical details of Lowell’s poem; Lowell’s documentary style, however, offers the ruse of realism. Third, all three accounts describe the shocked submission that accompanied the early phase of internment; if Lowell’s seems to linger in its numbed gaze, we must remember that the poem itself sets out only to consider West Street.

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