Yesterday I caught an enlightening documentary on the Canadian/British/American/Polish invasion of Italy, focusing specifically on the Canadian effort. I knew some bits and pieces about that part of World War II but was foggy on the details. It made me realize that most of what I know about that war, or at least what I remember, relates to the events after D-Day in Normandy. Thanks to the National Film Board I am able to bring you this wonderful documentary on Canada’s part in the war prior to June 6, 1944. Some of the events are more well known, such as Dieppe, the Battle of Britain, and the North Atlantic convoys. Yet I still think many of us forget that a lot of fighting took place before the final push from the beaches of France to the gates of Berlin. Long before the boats came ashore at Juno Beach, brave Canadian soldiers were fighting and dying among the remnants of the Roman Empire. Be warned, the following video is close to 1 hour long, but if you have the time, it’s well worth watching. You can also see Part II and Part III of the big documentary on the NFB site.Vodpod videos no longer available.