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In Desperate Battle: Normandy 1944
Excerpt  (1:10) 1992, director: Brian McKenna
The first Canadians to enlist in 1939 were motivated by economic hardship as much as by patriotism. The armed services offered paid employment at a time of widespread poverty and unemployment. About 55,000 volunteered in the first month of the war. In Quebec, where WWI conscription had met with bitter opposition, most were opposed to drafting servicemen for overseas combat.
On June 6, 1944, a combined force of American, British and Canadian troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. The Allied invasion of occupied France was a turning point in the war against Hitler's Germany. From a tactical view, Canada's role was limited; strategically, it was pivotal. Canada's infantry and armored regiments were thrown against Germany's elite troops and tank divisions. The price they paid was enormous.

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Mackenzie King and the Conscription Crisis
1991, director: Erna Buffie
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