Canadian Military History Gateway
Resource Type > Sound
Subject > Politics and Society > Life on the Homefront
Reporter Marion Angus describes the work of female ADC plane-spotters in this 1943 radio broadcast. These homefront volunteers sight, recognize (ie. identify) and report aircraft flying overhead.
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
As war breaks out, Queen Elizabeth, consort of King George VI, speaks to Canadian women in this 1939 Armistice Day broadcast about the roles they must play.
Muriel Kitagawa and Hide Shimizu recount their personal experiences in the years of resettlement during the Second World War.
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.
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.
Eric Nicol satirizes government nuclear civil defence plans in this 1958 radio skit.
Following the Allied victory in Japan, Kinzie Tanaka says that Japanese Canadians will prove their loyalty and attempt to assimilate into Canadian culture.
In this 1945 radio broadcast, four servicewomen and one man discuss the issue of women working after the war. Should married women be allowed to hold jobs, even if they put returning soldiers out of work? Should they receive equal pay? These and other questions are addressed in a lively on-air debate.
Humourist Max Ferguson satirizes nuclear civil defence and suggests funny ideas for coping with the nuclear threat.
In this 1945 broadcast of the radio program "Servicemen's Forum," the position of women in Canada's postwar society is discussed. Talk turns to education for women, full employment, wage equity, and the possibility of introducing a family allowance.