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Mackenzie King and the Conscription Crisis
1991, director: Erna Buffie
From the beginning of the Second World War in 1939,...
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Savage Christmas: Hong Kong 1941
1991, director: Brian McKenna
In the autumn of 1941, nearly 2,000 Canadian soldiers were...
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Return to Dresden
1986, director: Martin Duckworth
In 1945, the Bomber Commands of Great Britain and the United...
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No More Hiroshima
1984, director: Martin Duckworth
This moving and powerful story focuses on two survivors of...
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A War Story
1981, director: Anne Wheeler
"How little a list of casualties tells the real story of...
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Bravery in the Field
1979, director: Giles Walker
Tommy is a veteran of World War II. He rooms alone, waiting...
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Memorandum
1965, director: Donald Brittain, John Spotton
The memorandum was Hitler's and the subject was the solution...
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Fields of Sacrifice
1963, director: Donald Brittain
A film of dignity and beauty, a memorable tribute to the...
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Savage Christmas: Hong Kong 1941
Film  (104:01) 1991, director: Brian McKenna
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In the autumn of 1941, nearly 2,000 Canadian soldiers were sent to Hong Kong at the request of the British government. Most of the soldiers were inexperienced and poorly trained, but Britain's military leaders thought a symbolic show of strength would deter a Japanese attack on the colony. Canada's soldiers found themselves in the midst of a desperate battle they could not hope to win. On Christmas Day, 1941, the British colony of Hong Kong officially surrendered to Japan. The surviving defenders became prisoners of war. Over the next three and a half years, many of them would come to envy the dead.

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