The Day The War Was Won

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“The Day The War Was Won” is a Channel 4 documentary about the Battle of Britain broadcast to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the battle. It is well worth watching.

No matter how many programmes I’ve see featuring the last of “The Few”, I always find them extraordinary and moving. If you feel the same way, then you are sure to enjoy this presentation. Seventy-five years on, only a handful of the Battle of Britain’s heroes are still with us. In this video Dermot O’Leary meets veterans of the Battle of Britain – pilots and ground crew as well as the women pilots who ferried aircraft around the country. The documentary explores the extraordinary human stories of those who changed the course of the Second World War.

Enjoy!

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Can’t let the week pass without acknowledging the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. We need to remember our history, be thankful for our freedom, and acknowledge the sacrifice of our veterans, especially those from Canada.

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If Ottawa, Ontario, is an easy commute for you then consider attending the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain National Ceremony. Promising to be a stirring and highly visual event,  it will will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 12:45 p.m. on Parliament Hill and will feature fly-pasts by vintage Second World War aircraft and Royal Canadian Air Force aircraft, including the Canadian Forces Snowbirds and the CF-18 Demonstration Team.

More information is available here.

Canada’s 24 Hours of Destiny

The YouTube video below is the first instalment of the documentary D-Day: Canada’s 24 Hours of Destiny. It was first broadcast in Canada on June 4, 2004 to mark the sixtieth anniversary of D-Day, and it provides an hour-by-hour account of Canada’s involvement as told by the men who were there. Enjoy!

This is Part 1 of a 9 part series hosted by YouTube. To see the others, follow the links provided by YouTube when this video concludes.

Our D-Day

D-Day, June 6, 1944 was a pivotal day in the history of the world. It was then that Allied forces of Britain, the United States and Canada invaded Hitler’s Fortress Europe in what proved to be the beginning of the end of the Second World War. Today, of course, we Continue Reading →

D-Day Plus 70 Years

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July 14, 2014. D-Day plus 70 years, 1 month and 8 days.

Beginning with an early morning trip to the Canadian War Cemetery at Beny-Sur-Mer, our day in the Normandy landing zones included visits to:

  • Juno Beach at Beny-Sur-Mer, and Courseulles Sur-Mer,
  • Gold Beach, a British landing zone, at Arromanches,
  • the German coastal defence batteries at Longues-sur-Mer,
  • Ardenne Abbey, the scene of the cold-blooded murder of 20 Canadian soldiers by Nazi SS Panzer Division troops on June 7-8, 1944.

I will deal with each of these in separate posts

It was also just over a month after the celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy. The anniversary itself had been marked by commemorations and special events all along the Normandy coastline. World leaders had attended an international ceremony on Sword Beach on June 6. There hundreds of gathered veterans heard French president Francois Hollande remind the world that:

“The 6th June is not a day like others: it is not just the longest day or a day to remember the dead, but a day for the living to keep the promise written with the blood of the fighters, to be loyal to their sacrifice by building a world that is fairer and more human.”

CBC TV’s broadcast of the anniversary ceremonies are featured HERE. The video below is from Panzer Pictures and chronicles some of the events and celebrations held in Normandy in June 2014 from a tourist’s prospective. Much of it is raw and unedited. Enjoy!

Hosted by YouTube, there are three parts to this feature. Follow the prompts when the video concludes to see parts 2 and 3.

Operation Overlord Overview

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Want to know more about D-Day, aka Operation Overlord? Then checkout this Operation Overlord overview.

Taken from CBC Digital Archives, this broadcast aired on The National on June 1, 1984 as part of the lead-up to the 40th anniversary of the D-Day landings. It explains the purpose and importance of Operation Overlord, and the role Canadians played in it. The National was hosted by Knowlton Nash and this segment is reported by CBC reporter Dan Bjarnason.