Radio coverage of 70th anniversary of Fritz Peters’ Victoria Cross action

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The link below shows one of the radio-based stories posted on-line as part of the media coverage of the book “The Bravest Canadian” and the 70th anniversary of the action in Oran Harbour Nov. 8, 1942 for which Frederic Thornton “Fritz” Peters earned the Victoria Cross and U.S. Distinguished Service Cross.–new-book-shines-light-on-bc-veteran–new-book-shines-light-on-bc-veteran

Feature on “The Bravest Canadian” in Nov. 11, 2012 Halifax Chronicle-Herald

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The link below goes to a Remembrance Day feature article by Ian Fairclough in the Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 issue of the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, the largest daily newspaper in the Maritimes.

Recent Interviews and Presentations of the Author of “The Bravest Canadian”

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Nov. 6:  interviewed by phone in Trail by Peter Anthony Holder at Stuph Files ( in Montreal.

Nov. 7: interviewed by phone in Osoyoos by Chris Walker, host of “Daybreak South”, of CBC Kelowna station

Nov. 9: (1) interviewed by phone  in Vancouver by Mike Lloyd at News 1130 at 9:30 am; (2) interviewed by Mark Forsythe for the CBC Almanac show, at the CBC Vancouver studio; (3) interviewed by phone at Tsawassen at 2:30 pm in Vancouver

Nov. 10:  Participated in Remembrance Day display and exhibition at the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria, 10 am to 5 pm.  Gave half-hour presentation on Fritz Peters with photo show at 2 pm. 

 Nov. 11: (1)  Interviewed by phone in Victoria at 7:32 am by Jill Bennett of CKNW; (2)  :  Participated in Remembrance Day display and exhibition at the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria, 10 am to 5 pm. 


Nov. 12:  Will be at studio of CFAX in Victoria beginning at 11 am for interview and call-in show (250 920-4619). 


Monday Magazine article on 70th anniversary of the Victoria Cross action of Canadian War Hero Capt. Frederic Thornton “Fritz” Peters

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by Sam McBride

Much thanks to Mary Ellen Green of Monday Magazine in Victoria, British Columbia, for her feature on “The Bravest Canadian — Fritz Peters, VC: The Making of a Hero of Two World Wars.”

One note for readers: The feature article describes the book as a “novel”, a term that has connotations of a fictional story, but it would be more accurate to call it non-fiction “biography”, as the book is based on real people, actual events, original documents and attributed sources.

“The Bravest Canadian” Now on Twitter as @BravestCanadian

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The new book “The Bravest Canadian — Fritz Peters, VC: The Making of a Hero of Two World Wars” is now on Twitter as @BravestCanadian.

The author on Twitter is @SamMcBride3.

Oak Bay News reports on “The Bravest Canadian”

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by Sam McBride

The October 20, 2012 issue of the Oak Bay News has a feature titled “Oak Bay Man a Forgotten Hero” about the new biography “The Bravest Canadian — Fritz Peters, VC: The Making of a Hero of Two World Wars”.

See the story at the following link:

The community of Oak Bay, located immediately east of Victoria on the southeastern top of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada, has a significant connection to the Fritz Peters story because he moved there from his native Prince Edward Island at age eight in 1898 with his family when his father Frederick Peters moved west to establish a law partnership in Victoria with fellow lawyer and politician Sir Charles Hibbert Tupper. Fritz lived in Oak Bay until joining the Royal Navy at age 15 in 1905, aside from time in England at the Bedford and Cordwalles boys’ schools.

Peters and Tupper built complementary, adjoining houses near York Place at Prospect Point in a new property recently developed by renowned architect Francis Rattenbury. J.R. Tiarks of the Rattenbury firm designed the Tupper and Peters house. The Tupper home took the name of “Annandale” and the Peters home was “Garrison House”. The family sold the house in about 1908 and moved to Esquimalt, and then three years later to Prince Rupert.

Podcast interview on

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On October 16, 2012, Sam McBride, author of “The Bravest Canadian — Fritz Peters, VC: The Making of a Hero of Two World Wars” was interviewed on the phone by Joseph Planta of

The podcast can be heard at

Seventieth Anniversary of Fritz Peters’ Victoria Cross Action of Nov. 8, 1942

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Capt. Frederic Thornton “Fritz” Peters, at Cleish Castle in Scotland, circa spring 1942. (McBride Collection)

November 8, 2012 will mark the 70th anniversary of the Allied invasion of North Africa, code-named Operation Torch, a turning point in the Second World War.

The date is also the 70th anniversary of the action in the harbour of Oran, Algeria which earned Canadian Capt. Frederic Thornton “Fritz” Peters, VC, DSO, DSC and bar, DSC (U.S.), RN the Victoria Cross and the U.S. Distinguished Service Cross – the highest awards for valour offered by Britain and the United States.

Born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and raised in Victoria, British Columbia before joining the Royal Navy at age 15 in 1905, Peters is unique among Canadian war heroes in receiving multiple awards for valour in both World War One and World War Two.

The story of Fritz Peters is told in the new biography “The Bravest Canadian – Fritz Peters, VC: The Making of a Hero of Two World Wars”, by Trail, B.C. writer Sam McBride. The main sources used by the author are a recently-discovered collection of personal letters, photographs and other documents that reveal Peters’ personality, motivations and remarkable fearlessness and cool demeanor in battle.

Published by Granville Island Publishing of Vancouver, B.C., the book will be available in book stores, through and in electronic formats in November 2012.

The invasion of Vichy French territory was the first large combined operation of British and American forces. The initial targets of the invasion were the two largest cities and ports in Algeria, Oran and Algiers, as well as Casablanca in Morocco.

The harbour attack began on Sunday, November 8, 1942 at 3 am — two hours after the first Allied troops landed on beaches on the west and east flanks of Oran — as the cutter HMS Walney at top speed smashed through the harbor boom, followed immediately by its sister ship HMS Hartland. Despite heavy fire from all directions and 90 per cent casualties among the crew, Peters was able to maneuver Walney close to its target landing site a mile and a half within the congested harbour.

Peters and other survivors were taken prisoner by the French defenders, but released two days later when the city surrendered to advancing American troops. Peters was carried through the streets of Oran as a hero, but tragically he died in the evening of Friday, November 13, 1942 when the flying boat transporting him back to England to report on the action to Prince Minister Winston Churchill crashed in heavy fog in Plymouth Sound.

The surrender of the last Nazi forces in North Africa in May 1943 in the French colony of Tunisia secured Allied shipping lanes in the Mediterranean and gave the Allies bases for subsequent invasions of Sicily, mainland Italy and France.

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