Rush to Danger, Ted Barris Presentation & Beer Call - 29 Nov. 2019

Rush to Danger, Ted Barris Presentation & Beer Call - 29 Nov. 2019

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We are happy to welcome Ted Barris once again at the Vintage Wings' hangar to present his most recent book, Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire.

The evening will start at 6:00 p.m. and will include pizza (delivered around 7 p.m.) and drinks for a nominal cost.

Copies of Rush to Danger will be available for purchase at the Gear Up store during the event, and the author will be available for signatures after the presentation.

Hope to see you there!

Admission fee: $10 for Non-Members - Free for VWC Members.
Location: Vintage Wings of Canada
               1699 Arthur-Fecteau street
               Gatineau, QC
               J8R 2Z9


Ted Barris is an award-winning journalist, author, and broadcaster. His writing has regularly appeared in the national press, as well as magazines as diverse as Air Force, Esprit de Corps and Zoomer.

Barris is the author of 19 bestselling, non-fiction books, including a series on wartime Canada:

  • Juno: Canadians at D-Day, June 6, 1944
  • Days of Victory: Canadians Remember 1939-1945
  • Behind the Glory: Canada's Role in the Allied Air War
  • Deadlock in Korea: Canadians at War, 1950-1953
  • Victory at Vimy: Canada Comes of Age, April 9-12, 1917
  • Breaking the Silence: Veterans' Untold Stories from the Great War to Afghanistan

His 17th book, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story, won the 2014 Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award.

In 2018, RCAF Association awarded Ted Barris and his 18th book, Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany, its 2018 NORAD Trophy for "significant and unequalled contribution to the preservation of Air Force values, traditions, history and heritage."

Rush to Danger, Ted's 19th non-fiction book, was published in August of this year.

Here is a summary of the book.

Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire

Lost in the WWII story of the Battle of the Bulge lay an account of sacrifice and survival that took historian Ted Barris nearly a lifetime to discover – the story of his own father.

Throughout the winter of 1945, sergeant medic Alex Barris waged a battle night and day to save lives in the middle of the bloodiest campaign the US Army faced during the liberation of Europe. But the author’s pursuit of his father’s story revealed an even greater challenge – learning what it was that motivates military medics, surgeons, nursing sisters, stretcher-bearers, orderlies, and ambulance drivers to disregard their own well-being to save the lives of others on the battlefield.

Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire led Ted Barris into fields of fire as diverse as the US Civil War battle at Fredericksburg, where the field ambulance was invented, and to war zones of Iraq, where 21st century flight surgeons attend wounded soldiers inside Black Hawk helicopters flying at 140 mph to the nearest desert MASH unit.

Using his father’s experiences as a front-line medic in WWII, Ted Barris brings to life the stories of: Victoria Cross recipient Francis Scrimger; gas mask inventor Cluny Macpherson; Congolese nurse Augusta Chiwy in the siege of Bastogne; medics Wesley Clare and Laurence Alexander in the slaughter at Dieppe; the real story of Korean War imposter Ferdinand Demara; Vietnam War orderly Norman Malayney; and decorated Iraq War surgeons Dane Harden and Herb Ridyard.


*Présentation en anglais seulement. Désolé des inconvénients.

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