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A Stalled Effort

Type: Document

In the late summer of 1759, time pressed on the British besiegers of Quebec - to avoid winter, they would have to raise the siege in October. After the failure at Montmorency, Wolfe's British army began a campaign of pillaging and burning Canadian homes, striking at the Canadian militia.

Site: National Defence

Reconstructed earth and timber house at l’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland

Type: Image

This house was reconstructed in the style of those built by the Vikings at l’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland around the year 1000. (Parks Canada)

Site: National Defence

Suffering and Excess Under Siege - Battle for Quebec - Battle for a Continent

Type: DocumentFilm and Video

By July 1759, the British had entrenched their cannons across the river from Quebec City, and General Wolfe was preparing for his long bombardment of the urban centre. In the town itself, ordinary residents suffered starvation while Intendant Bigot lived a lavish lifestyle. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

To the Sound of the Drummer's Beat

Type: Document

Fortified towns like Quebec, Montreal, Trois-Rivières and Louisbourg were all governed by military staffs. The lives of French soldiers and Canadian civilians alike were regulated by the different drum beatings of the garrison, from La Diane at dawn to La Retraite at sunset.

Site: National Defence

Veterans - National Security and Defence

Type: DocumentFilm and Video

Listing of films from the National Film Board. How do ex-service members adjust to civilian life? What steps does society take to make the adjustment easier? These films show how well and how poorly individual veterans make this leap and how the community works to include them.

Site: National Film Board of Canada

Fighting from the Home Front - Second World War- The Crucible

Type: Document

Synopsis of television episode about the social and economic effects that the Second World War had on Canada. Discusses the War Measures Act invoked by Prime Minister Mackenzie King in 1939. 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

War Effort at Home - Gladys Muriel (Berg) Greig - My Grandmother's Wartime Diary - Canada and the Second World War

Type: Document

A woman recounts her experience working away from home for the first time during the war and how she carried on with life afterwards.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Girl Guides prepares young women for service

Type: Sound

In this 1942 radio broadcast on National Girl Guide Day, three members of the Canadian Armed Forces Women's Auxiliary Services, themselves former Girl Guides, discuss how the discipline and training acquired in Guides can be useful experience in preparation for military service. They also describe the work being done by Girl Guides on the homefront in wartime.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Halifax Explosion - Turmoil on the Homefront - First World War

Type: DocumentFilm and Video

The largest explosion the world had ever known destroyed much of Halifax city. On the morning of December 6, 1917, two ships collided and caught fire in Halifax harbour, igniting 3,000 tonnes of munitions and explosives. Six square kilometres of Halifax was simply wiped out. The explosion killed 2,000 people and wounded another 9,000. It was the most devastating disaster on Canadian soil. From the television series "Canada: A People's History." Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Twelve Hundred New Men

Type: Document

The addition of 1,200 new Frenchmen to a colony of only 3,200 made a big impact on the community. The Régiment Carignan-Salières was quickly deployed to fortifications along the Richelieu River.

Site: National Defence