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Carry On Canada! Canadians Urged to Boost War Effort

Type: Film and Video

It starts off as a casual conversation about politics. But by the end of the conversation, both men are convinced: it's time to join the army. "I guess we better swing into line," concedes one of the men in this short radio skit. This dramatized chat is part of the 1941 CBC program Carry On Canada, a weekly show aimed at persuading Canadians to help with the war effort. This episode also includes "a call to every Canadian housewife" to collect unused aluminum and donate it to "your government for war purposes."

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Propaganda and the Second World War

Type: Film and Video

"Buy Victory Bonds!" Spread war-related rumours and you risk becoming "one of Hitler's Little Helpers." Ladies, join the army and you'll be "the proudest girl in the world!" Persuasive messages like these were everywhere during the Second World War, including on CBC Radio and Canadian movie screens. Indeed, wartime propaganda wasn't just the domain of Nazi Germany — Canada too created films, radio dramas and posters aimed at convincing citizens to join the military or help out on the home front.

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Jewish Refugees Already Fleeing Germany

Type: Film and Video

The war hasn't even begun yet, and Germany's Jews are already under attack. Persecuted by the Nazi government, many are trying to escape. "Thousands are seeking asylum and sanctuary on our doorstep," says Lord Baldwin, Britain's former prime minister. In this appeal broadcast on CBC Radio, he asks listeners to send money to aid the refugees. The situation is so desperate that parents are willing to send their children to safety even if it means they'll never see them again.

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Patriotism on the Home Front - Second World War- Fighting From the Home Front

Type: Document

Synopsis of television episode on patriotism and government propaganda in Canada during the Second World War. Discusses the sacrifices individuals were expected to make to support the war effort and the introduction of Victory Bonds to support wartime expenditures. This episode is part of the "Canada: A People's History" series. Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.

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Art Holmes Records The Sounds of the Second World War

Type: Film and Video

CBC Soundman Art Holmes describes the sound of war.

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Reports from Abroad: Matthew Halton

Type: DocumentFilm and VideoSound

A tribute to Matthew Halton, Canada's most famous foreign correspondent. Through some radio clips of historic broadcasts, this site showcases the talents of this idealist, philosopher, and sentimentalist, from 1942 to his death in 1956.

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The Somalia Affair: Paper Chase

Type: Film and Video

Canadian Armed Forces personnel across Canada spend the day searching for missing documentation and computer logs. Orders have come from the top down to forward any documents pertaining to the Somalia mission to the Somalia Inquiry Commission.

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Bringing the War into the Classroom

Type: Film and Video

Combining education and entertainment came naturally to CBC Radio in the 1940s. In classrooms across the country, teachers were tuning in to a new series, the National School Broadcasts. Friday mornings at 10:00, students could hear special newscasts written for classrooms, followed by dramatic stories of Canadian pioneers. In this news segment clip, we hear an explanation of politics in China, and the momentous battles taking place at Stalingrad and Guadalcanal.

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Cold War: Nuclear Relocation Satire

Type: Sound

Eric Nicol satirizes government nuclear civil defence plans in this 1958 radio skit.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

1939-1945 - A Soldier's War

Type: DocumentSound

From 1939 to 1945 Canadian soldiers, sailors and air force personnel lived and died in lands far from home. CBC Radio was one of the few links friends and family in Canada had to their loved ones abroad. Through reports from the front, dramatizations and direct greetings from soldiers, CBC revealed what life on the battlefront was like.

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