Canada Remembers (1995)
Videos in this documentary
|1||Canada Remembers Part One: Turning the Tide||Play Video|
|2||Canada Remembers Part Two: The Liberators||Play Video|
|3||Canada Remembers Part Three: Endings and Beginnings||Play Video|
This series draws on personal stories and archival footage to tell the story of six of the most significant years in our country's history: from 1939, the beginning of WWII, to its end in 1945. Includes teacher support material for each episode as well as a resource guide.
Part 1 - Turning the Tide
Turning the Tide takes us from the outbreak of war in September 1939 to June 1944, when the allied armies landed in Normandy to fight the Germans in history's largest seaborne invasion. Among the landmark events of the years between, covered by combat cameramen, are the Battle of Britain, the tragic raid on Dieppe, the landing in Sicily, and the battle for Ortona. Interspersed wtih archival footage are the vivid memories of men and women who recall life during the war years.
Part 2 - The Liberators
The Liberators accompanies Canadian soldiers from their D-Day landings on the shores of Normandy, up along the coast of northern France and into Belgium and Holland. The film also visits the home front in Canada, where the war effort was transforming the country into a formidable industrial nation - the fourth largest producer of armaments among the Allied countries. In achieving this, women played a leading role, with almost one million in the work force by 1944. The Second World War changed the way Canadian women saw themselves and, indeed, the way the country as a whole saw itself - a young nation that had now become much more mature and self-confident. Interspersed with archival footage are the vivid memories of men and women who recall life during the war years.
Part 3 - Endings and Beginnings
In Endings and Beginnings, veterans recount their memories of that epochal conflict, in combination with outstanding footage filmed by army cameramen at the front. VE-Day - victory in Europe - on May 8, 1945, saw the exuberant celebrations in Canadian cities, but there was still the war in the Far East to be won. The film documents Canada's contributions toward that goal, which was finally achieved four months later. Interspersed with archival footage are the vivid memories of men and women who recall life during the war years.