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The Canadian Army Newsreels

Six DVD Set ($30.00)Available on DVDOrder DVD
Released: 2010 •Read Newsreel Descriptions (PDF)


 

Featuring more than 20 hours of footage, this six DVD set contains 106 newsreels filmed and produced by the Canadian Army Film Unit during the Second World War.

The front-line cameramen were soldiers first. In addition to camera instruction, they received infantry training and took guns into battle along with their 35 mm movie cameras to record the Canadian infantry in action. Their heroic efforts enabled them to scoop their British and American allies on the major events in Europe including the invasion of Sicily and the top story of the century – D-Day.

The newsreels, popular in home front movie theatres, also feature the daily routines of the soldiers behind the lines, life on the home front in Canada and historic footage of politicians and generals from the Allied and Axis countries.

The War Amps, in cooperation with the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and veterans of the Canadian Army Film Unit, is making this complete set of Canadian Army Newsreels available to the public for the first time, as part of its Military Heritage Series. This collection holds an important place in Canada's history.

The Canadian Army Newsreels are held in the vaults of the Library and Archives Canada. Those wishing to obtain newsreel footage for purposes other than research or private study may request permission from the Library and Archives Canada.

Cameraman Sgt. Norman Quick writes photo captions. Location: Cassino, Italy. (Private Collection) Al Grayston takes a picture of troops marching away. Location: Sicily. (Private Collection) Sgt. E.R. Bonter took parachute training to film the 1st Cdn Parachute Battalion. (LAC PA#137025) Sgt. G.D. Petty takes Cine pictures of a shelled house. Location: The Netherlands. (LAC PA#136212) Lt. R.O. Campbell, photographed two miles east of Hitler Line. Location: Italy. (LAC PA# 136305)
Sgt. W.R. (Bud) Sherwood, (CAFU). Location: The Netherlands. (LAC PA# 150142) Sgt. D. Newands handles a projector at Merton Park Studios. Location: London. (LAC PA# 152105) Lt. Al Fraser, War Cameraman. August 20, 1943. Location: Sicily. (LAC PA# 206208) A cameraman records the Canadian Infantry which had just liberated Holland. (LAC PA# 172634) Photographers of No.3 PRG assigned for 1st wave of invasion; shown on eve of D-Day. (LAC PA# 166305)

Veterans of the Canadian Army Film UnitVeterans of the Canadian Army Film Unit – the late Charles N. (Chuck) Ross (L) and the late Norman C. Quick (R). The War Amps extends special thanks and appreciation for their invaluable support and expertise in helping to make The Canadian Army Newsreels project possible.

For more information, please visit:

www.collectionscanada.gc.ca 

www.canadianfilmandphotounit.ca 

Testimonials:

"I have had mine for a couple of weeks; well worth the money and almost as good as a book."  

– Viewer 

"I just ordered the set. $30.00 well spent and for a good cause.";

– Viewer 

"Just purchased The Canadian Army Newsreels and my wife and I watched a number of them last night – outstanding and long overdue to be made available to the public. I applaud The War Amps. Well done!" 

– Viewer 

"What a deprived and poorer country we'd be without The War Amps to keep the past alive! And what a precious legacy is tucked away in the archives, now available to the public…"  

Larry Updike, CJOB Radio,
– Peter Worthington, Toronto Sun.