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Canada Remembers - Disc 1

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Includes Part One - Turning the Tide and Part Two - The Liberators

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 invsion. 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 with archival footage are the vivid memories of men and women who recall life during the war years.

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 homefront 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 fo men and women who recall life during the war years.

2005, 108 min

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