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Sam's Army

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Sam's Army is a compelling portrait of a complex man and the formidable military he built. Sam Hughes was not your standard-issue military leader. Canada's World War I Minister of Militia and Defence concentrated power in his own hands, insisted that the Canadian military use the ill-conceived Ross rifle and liberally promoted his cronies. Yet, despite it all, there was no denying Hughes was a visionary. He managed to assemble the world's largest-ever volunteer army and bucked superiors to keep his ferocious fighting force together in one Canadian Corps. Using the words of ordinary soldiers, leaders and civilians, Far From Home: Canada and the Great War is a 3-part series that captures the hopes, dreams, fears and heartbreaks of a generation. Sam's Army is part 1 of the series, which also includes The Battle of Vimy Ridge (part 2) and The Last 100 Days (part 3).

1999, 90 min 31 s

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