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Canada Remembers Series

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From 1939 to 1945, Canada went from being an agrarian society with little influence on the world stage to a progressive, industrialized and middle power respected throughout the world. This three-part series draws on personal anecdotes, and archival footage to tell the story of Canada and Canadians during World War II. Turning the Tide: 1939 to D-Day: As the D-Day invasion is about to begin, Canadians are waiting to play their part while those left behind are joining up or working in factories and shipyards. Events of the period include the Battle of Britain, the tragic raid on Dieppe, the landing in Sicily, and the battle for Ortona (53 min. 40 sec.). The Liberators: D-Day to the Rhine: Canadian soldiers are followed from their D-Day landings up the coast of northern France and into Belgium and Holland. On the homefront, the war effort was transforming the country into a formidable industrial nation. Through their role in the work force, the war changed the way Canadian women saw themselves (54 min. 15 sec.). In Endings and Beginnings: 1945, veterans recount their memories in combination with footage of the front. VE-Day--victory in Europe--on May 8, 1945, saw celebrations in Canadian cities as well as Canada's contributions to the war in the Pacific. In the post-war period, Canadian industry converted to peacetime purposes. But, on the personal level, the adjustment to civilian life was often intimidating (49 min. 10 sec.).

1995, 157 min 05 s

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