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WWII: An Overview in Moving Pictures
The war changed how people did and saw things. Even animated films, in the guise of entertainment, joined in the war effort. In this section, you'll find classics of the genre and get an overview of the conflict before discovering archival footage, comments and opinions on the main themes treated in the other sections of the site.
The War as seen by Norman McLaren
Dollar Dance
1943, Norman McLaren
Film  (4:05)
Made during the Second World War, this publicity trailer used the technique of drawing...
Five for Four
1942, Norman McLaren
Film  (2:52)
A short film made to promote the sale of war bonds, 5 for 4 is...
V for Victory
1941, Norman McLaren
Film  (2:05)

In this publicity short designed to sell Victory bonds and drawn directly onto

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Canada Remembers - Part Two - The Liberators
 

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Film  (54:15)
June to December, 1944. After years of dedication and sacrifice, an Allied victory seems tantalizingly close. 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 of men and women who recall life during the war years. Part two of the series.

More info on this film in NFB catalogue »»
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Canada’s War, 1939-1945

World War II brought much personal tragedy to Canadians, but it also made its people well-off.

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Canada Remembers

Canada Remembers - Part One - Turning the Tide

1995, director: Terence Macartney-Filgate
Film  (53:40)
Men and machines begin the move down to the Channel coast of England. Naval vessels...

Canada Remembers - Part Two - The Liberators

1995, director: Terence Macartney-Filgate
Film  (54:15)
June to December, 1944. After years of dedication and sacrifice, an Allied victory seems...

Canada Remembers - Part Three - Endings and Beginnings

1995, director: Terence Macartney-Filgate
Film  (49:10)
Paratroopers dropping down to fight beyond the Rhine ushered in the final phase of the war...

Canadian Soldiers Display a German Flag
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Canadian Soldiers Display a German Flag
Lieut. Ken Bell, photographie, Xanten (Allemagne), 9 mars 1945