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Propaganda: The Battle for Hearts and Minds
Mobilizing the population to contribute to the war effort was a battle in itself requiring a special weapon: propaganda. Selective information and carefully controlled messages influenced people and got them to believe in the war. Propaganda also recruited soldiers and female workers, and even promoted measures such as rationing.
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Food: Secret of the Peace
1945, director: Stuart Legg
Critical food shortages in the war's aftermath posed a...
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Train Busters
1944, director: Sydney Newman
An Allied bombing raid on Nazi transport links is...
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Corvette Port Arthur
1943, director: Joris Ivens
Corvettes, ships closely identified with Canada's wartime...
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Filmed interview with a specialist
Harry Cambpell talks about the distribution of propaganda films produced by the NFB during WWII.

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Article by a specialist Cinema in aid of the war effort
Catherine Saouter, author and professor of Visual Communications, explains the context and strategies of the propaganda films produced by the NFB during the Second World War.

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If the cap fits wear it! Canada needs you somewhere on the war front
This poster was created by the National Film Board of Canada and invites the whole...
An NFB Film Screening in a Pulp and Paper Mill in Gatineau
An officer of the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve speaks to an assembly of workers...
Part of the Exhibition This Is Our Strength, II
After the success of the first exhibition entitled This Is Our Strength, the Wartime...
John Grierson Looks Over a Poster Produced by Harry Mayerovitch
John Grierson (right), first Commissioner of the National Film Board of Canada, who pushed...
Battle of Europe
This poster designed by Mayerovitch is for one of the films in the series The World in...
Fortress Japan
The brightly coloured and cleverly designed poster for Fortress Japan uses an interplay of...
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