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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 One - Turning the Tide
Film  (53:40)
Men and machines begin the move down to the Channel coast of England. Naval vessels gather, air raids are mounted on German positions and routes of supply. The long-awaited D-Day invasion is about to begin. The camera pans the faces of Canadian soldiers, sailors and airmen who traveled across the ocean to play their part in the fight. Meanwhile, the wives and children they left behind have found their own way to become part of the war effort--by joining up themselves, or by going to work in the factories and shipyards. Turning the Tide takes us from the outbreak of war in September 1939 to June 1944, when the allied armies landed in Normandy to fight the Germans in history's largest seaborne invasion. Among the landmark events of the years between, covered by combat cameramen, are the Battle of Britain, the tragic raid on Dieppe, the landing in Sicily, and the battle for Ortona. Interspersed with archival footage are the vivid memories of men and women who recall life during the war years. Part one of the series.

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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