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"Dames in the Navy?" - Canadian Women as Navy Wrens in the Second World War

Type: Sound

This 1942 episode of the radio program "Comrades in Arms", entitled "The Wrens are Here," describes the duties of servicewomen in the Royal Canadian Navy, whose jobs on shore freed up men for service at sea during WW II.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Women of the Second World War: Caring for sailors in Halifax

Type: Sound

In this 1975 radio broadcast, women recall working in the YMCA canteen in Halifax during the Second World War, feeding the sailors and listening to their sometimes horrific stories.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Montcalm Launches Fireboats - Battle for Quebec - Battle for a Continent

Type: DocumentFilm and Video

At midnight, June 28th, 1759, General Marquis de Montcalm launches his attack. He sends boats and rafts carrying gunpowder to ignite their cargo near the English fleet, anchored off Ile d'Orleans. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, video clips, and biography of General Montcalm.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Wren Reunion - Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service Veterans from the Second World War Reunite

Type: Film and Video

This news story broadcast on September 1, 2002 reports on a reunion of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service, or Wrens, who served during World War II.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

"Miserable, rotten, hopeless life" - Canadian Sailors - Second World War- Military Might

Type: Document

Synopsis of television episode on the experiences of Canadian sailors as they face German U-boats on the high seas during the Second World War. This episode is part of the "Canada: A People's History" series. Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Planned Invasion Above Cap Rouge - Battle for Quebec - Battle for a Continent

Type: Document

Facing possible humiliating defeat in Quebec, General Wolfe goes against his three brigadiers' plans for an invasion upriver, after bad weather causes delays. Instead, Wolfe wanders downriver and lands 5000 men at l'Anse au Foulon, a point which offered no plausible route to the fortress. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Canadian Soldiers Set Sail for Iraq

Type: Film and Video

The Canadian Navy is sending two destroyers, a supply ship, and 800 sailors to the Arabian Sea area in the Persian Gulf. They will be joining American-led forces in an attempt to stop Saddam Hussein. This will be the first time since the Korean War, aside from peacekeeping duties, that Canadian forces are headed into potential conflict.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Reinforcements from Europe - Another Fight for Quebec - Battle for a Continent

Type: Document

After the French victory at the Battle of Ste. Foy, both the French and British armies waited to see whose navy would first come up the St. Lawrence. After eleven days of suspense, a ship appeared. The British had won the transatlantic race. William Pitt had sent 22 ships from England. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Gulf War: Revisiting the Protecteur

Type: Film and Video

Report on the Gulf War through the eyes of the crew of HMCS Protecteur. The Canadian warship is a long way from the battle front, operating in the southern Persian Gulf. The crew's mission is to supply the ships that do the fighting; they probably won't see action as their weapons are for defence only, but they are conducting regular battle exercises.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Female Officers Take Charge - Canadian Women in the Second World War

Type: Film and Video

Two women who were officers in World War II recount their experiences of working in a very male-oriented environment. Wing Officer Willa Walker, RCAF Women's Division, and Captain Adelaide Sinclair of the Navy Wrens (WRCNS) each had her own challenges to face.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation