With the 100th anniversary of the Nov. 11, 1918 end of the First World War approaching, it seems only fitting two authors – Dieter Buse and Graeme Mount – will soon be officially releasing their book Untold: Northeastern Ontario's Military Past, Volume 1, 1688-WWI
Buse and Mount will be on hand to discuss their work at the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library’s James L. McIntyre Centennial Library (main branch) at 50 East St. at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19.
Following that engagement, Buse will be available for a question and answer session regarding the book at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 lounge at 96 Great Northern Rd. from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20.
“I have read it, and it is both historical fact and anecdotal materials wonderfully woven together to tell the northern story,” Branch 25’s Phil Miller told SooToday.
Promoted by Latitude 46 Publishing as “the history of northeastern Ontario’s military past revealed for the first time,” Buse and Mount spent years doing research for the book.
A series of author presentations is scheduled throughout northeastern Ontario, the official book launch to take place Oct. 16 at the Art Gallery of Sudbury.
Untold tells the stories of men and women from the region who contributed to the war effort, of Indigenous people who served, and of soldiers and civilians captured and imprisoned.
“Until now military contributions by northeastern Ontario have received little acknowledgement in books and articles,” stated Buse in a news release.
“Untold: Northeastern Ontario’s Military Past seeks to fill in the gaps of our collective knowledge of our region and our people.”
The book contains rare photos, anecdotes and even writing space to encourage readers to dig into their own family histories.
The book tells of battles that took place in northeastern Ontario, the overseas war-zone activities of men and women from our region and events on the home front.
The book can be purchased through Amazon and at independent bookstores across Canada and the U.S. or through Latitude 46 Publishing’s online store.
The second volume of Untold: Northeastern Ontario’s Military Past is scheduled for a fall 2019 release.
Buse is professor emeritus at Laurentian University (History), author and editor of numerous publications in modern European and Canadian history.
Mount taught Contemporary History at Laurentian University from 1969 until his retirement in 2005. He has written A History of Fort St. Joseph (2000), as well as other books and articles.