Too Young to Die: Canada’s Boy Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen in the Second World War, Boileau, John and Dan Black. Published by James Lorimer, Toronto, 2016. First Edition. 484 pp, index, and black and white photos. Black boards, silver titles front and spine. In pristine, unread condition.
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. This is the companion volume to the authors’ popular 2013 book Old Enough to Fight about boy soldiers in the First 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.
Meticulously researched and extensively illustrated with photographs, personal documents and specially commissioned maps, Too Young to Die provides a touching and fascinating perspective on the Canadian experience in the Second World War. 002046