Triquet's Cross

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-09-01
  • Publisher: McGill Queens Univ Pr
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One of only thirteen members of the Canadian Armed Forces to be awarded the highest military honour during the war, Triquet was later pressured to resign from the force due to the overwhelming public and political expectations that the award entailed. The role of hero did not suit Triquet and weighed heavily on him and his family. MacFarlane shows how Triquet's story was changed by those who wished to make his hero status the cornerstone in a political debate between francophones and anglophones, particularly with regard to his representing the Commonwealth despite his French-Canadian heritage. Military heroism has changed in the postwar period, and heroes are no longer expected to be perfect models. But in 1944 Paul Triquet - perhaps the most popular Canadian hero of the war - was asked to conform to political, social, and military agendas. His story reveals much about Canadian and Québécois society at the time and the history of French-Canadians in the Second World War.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 3
From Cabano to Casa Berardi
The Call to Adventure, 1910-1942p. 9
The Road of Trials, 1943p. 29
Cross Purposes: Medals, The Media, and An Army At War
A Canadian Victoria Cross, March 1944p. 57
Army Public Relations, April 1944p. 72
Hero in an Army at War, May 1944-August 1945p. 95
The Warrior In Postwar Society
Last Attempt at Being a Regular Soldier, 1945-1947p. 117
A Hero's Return to the Ordinary World, 1947-1980p. 132
Epilogue: Remembering Triquetp. 151
Notesp. 161
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 243
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