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Remembering VE-Day 40 Years Later

Type: Film and Video

May 8, 1945, was a day to celebrate. It was VE-Day, the long-awaited moment when the Allied forces triumphed over Nazi Germany to claim victory in Europe. But the joy brought by news of peace was dampened by the memory of fallen comrades and the ongoing war in the Pacific. From the liberation of Holland through the German surrender, celebrations in Canada and the servicemen's return, CBC Archives follows Canadians as the war ends in Europe.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Revelry Goes Rancid in Halifax Riot

Type: Film and Video

Pubs and liquor stores across the country are locked up tight on VE-Day. As much as they'd like to celebrate with a drink, most Canadians shrug and carry on. But the sailors stationed in Halifax, and not a few civilians, decide they'd like a beer with the cheer. Keith's brewery is quickly breached and, with alcohol flowing, vandalism and looting follow. Forty years later, CBC News tells the story of what became known as the Halifax VE-Day riots.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Looting Marks VE-Day in Halifax

Type: Film and Video

May 8, 1945, was a day to celebrate. It was VE-Day, the long-awaited moment when the Allied forces triumphed over Nazi Germany to claim victory in Europe. But the joy brought by news of peace was dampened by the memory of fallen comrades and the ongoing war in the Pacific. From the liberation of Holland through the German surrender, celebrations in Canada and the servicemen's return, CBC Archives follows Canadians as the war ends in Europe.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The Italian Campaign: 60 Years Later, Smokey Returns to Italy

Type: Film and Video

A full year before the D-Day landings in Normandy, there were the Allied invasions of Sicily and Italy. Canada played a major role in the Allies' first breach of Hitler's "Fortress Europe" in 1943 and 1944. Canadian soldiers defeated entrenched German forces but paid a terrible price. Seaside towns and mountain passes became places of horror: Ortona, Cassino, Rimini. But with the events of D-Day and the Allied push across Europe, the Italian Campaign became a forgotten front, a deadly sideshow that cost nearly 6,000 Canadian lives. Sixty years later, their bravery is remembered.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

VE-Day: Back on 'Civvy Street'

Type: Film and Video

They all did the same job together in Europe: working to defeat the Axis powers. Now, with the war there over, Canadian servicemen's thoughts turn to what kinds of jobs await them at home. Some will return to their prewar posts, while others will take advantage of government funding to train in new careers. On the CBC Radio program The Soldier's Return, host Royd Beamish relates the experiences of soldiers who have already returned to civilian life.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

The Italian Campaign: The Road to Ortona

Type: Film and Video

A look back at the fiercest battle of the Italian Campaign.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Could the End of the Spanish Civil War Fuel a European Crisis?

Type: Film and Video

In February 1939, the Spanish Civil War seems to be ending. But the conclusion of this war could mean renewed crisis in Europe. "And by crisis, I presume we mean the choice between further concessions to the dictators or war," says historian R.G. Riddell in this half-hour-long CBC Radio panel discussion. Fellow historian Frank Underhill thinks crisis is indeed coming. But panellist J.L. Stewart thinks everyone is overreacting: "Now Underhill, I must say that I think that you're inclined to view this situation with too much alarm."

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

VE-Day: Rest and Recreation at Ratzeburg

Type: Film and Video

May 8, 1945, was a day to celebrate. It was VE-Day, the long-awaited moment when the Allied forces triumphed over Nazi Germany to claim victory in Europe. But the joy brought by news of peace was dampened by the memory of fallen comrades and the ongoing war in the Pacific. From the liberation of Holland through the German surrender, celebrations in Canada and the servicemen's return, CBC Archives follows Canadians as the war ends in Europe.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

European Crisis as War Looms

Type: Film and Video

Europe is not technically at war, but neither is there peace. Even as people continue to go to the theatre and to football games, there is an underlying tension and questions about what the near future holds. Observing it all is Graham Spry, one of the founders of CBC Radio. In this excerpt, Spry says the British face is as impassive as ever, but its heart and mind are troubled.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

VE-Day: 'On to Tokyo'

Type: Film and Video

There's no flag-waving in the streets of the U.S. capital on VE-Day. "We still have a war to win, haven't we?" the locals tell a puzzled CBC correspondent when he asks why they're not celebrating. In the United States, the end of war in Europe simply means a shift in focus to the western horizon, across the Pacific. The United States still has millions of soldiers and sailors under arms, and they're determined to beat the Japanese to their knees.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation