Posts Tagged ‘World War II’

Over The Top

June 22, 2009

Sometimes being stuck on the couch sick can be a good thing.  I happened across a film that I’d never heard of today.  It’s likely that many people do know about this movie since it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. 2006’s Days of Glory tells one of the mostly unknown stories of WWII, that of the Algerian and Tunisian soldiers who fought in the French army.  In Canada we are accustomed to hearing about our own army, and the British colonial troops from Australia, India, New Zealand, South Africa, and Newfoundland. The movie plays on the themes of racism both at the time and in modern day France.  Although Canada is not free from racism, it is not nearly has overt as that in Europe.  That is likely related to the multicultural history of Canada. Regardless the film was quite good, even if it was lean on battle action.

This movie is another reminder that there is the potential to make hundreds of WWII movies without covering all of the interesting angles.  There was so much going on for the 5 or so years of the war, and the decade leading up to it that studios could put out one a month for years.  Each one would probably have several “I bet you didn’t know that” moments.

Check out the movie if you get the chance, it’s worth a watch.

I Now Remember

May 13, 2009

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.

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