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IN SEARCH OF PEGASUS: The Canadian Airborne Experience 1942-1999 

by Bernd Horn, Michel Wyczynski

 

This book is the first substantial attempt to chronicle the entire airborne experience, spanning over fifty-six years. Although often viewed as outcasts and pariahs, Canada's intrepid paratroopers have always represented the best combat soldiers this country has been able to offer. Renowned for their courage, initiative, physical prowess, and indomitable spirit, the nation's paratroopers have always represented the proficiency of the Canadian army.

Aided by 400-plus dramatic photographs and a meticulously researched text, Pegasus opens the history and operational contribution of Canada's airborne forces to the public eye. From its beginnings as 1 Canadian Parachute Battalion in 1942 through the disbandment of the Canadian Airborne Regiment in 1995 and its aftermath it affirms the necessity of parachute capability. It is a tribute to their professionalism and tenacity.

About the Authors

Authors Bernd Horn and Michel Wyczynski are both serving military members, one with airborne service, one in the Reserve. Lieutenant Colonel Bernd Horn has recently completed his Phd in War Studies at Royal Military College, Kingston. He received the Governor-Generalís Gold Medal for academic excellence after completing his MA in 1997. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1983 and was a member of the Airborne Regiment from 1993-95. He is presently serving as special advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff, Department of National Defence.

Michel Wyczynski is the historian/archivist for the Canadian Airborne Regiment Association of Canada. He has worked in the National Archives of Canada for the past 20 years, primarily in political and military archives. He is the author of over 40 articles on colonial military history, archival methodology, sports history, and on the history of the Canadian Airborne Regiment.

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