Canadian War Films

I’ve just discovered the excellent archive of war film on the website of the National Film Board of Canada. Plenty of the predictable stuff: soldiers marching, doing things in camp, etc. But some seemingly authentic battle footage and some interesting oddities like “German Atrocities in Cemeteries”, showing desecrated graves.

The film clips are backed up by historians’ essays, and there is an archive of stills, too,

You can find the archive by clicking here . Be warned, though, the films can take a long while to load.

Update 2011: The films and stills seem to have been deleted or moved to another location. I’d welcome any information from anyone who reckons they can still be found.

5 Comments

  1. robert james bridge
    Posted July 11, 2006 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Dear Sir or indeed Madam I once lived in a small village called Bodelwyddan in North Wales,and this is wher I came across the story of the Kinmel Camp Riot of 1919,a riot in which five young Canadian soldiers died either by bayonet or bullet wounds and are today buried in the local churchyard.MY book is entitled Kinmel Revisited and is 99% fiction ,although it has to be said the riot and deaths are infact true.The book is approx 20,000 words in length and can also be seen on http://www.deunantbooks.com under writers corner then authors Bob Bridge.I have it on A4 and discas well as my computer,and all the characters are written as fiction to protect the relatives.Hoe you are interested Yours Sincerely Robert James Bridge.

  2. Posted July 11, 2006 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    1919 is a very interesting year – and there are plenty of stories that deserve investigation. What interests me is that the British (and Imperial) Army, which for four years of war had maintained remarkably good morale, with far fewer mutinous incidents than the French, for example (Etaples 1917 was the one big exception, but that seems to be down to bad man-management in particular circumstances) now felt free to express itself in various ways that had been avoided during the war years.
    I assume that the Kinmel disturbances, like others that year, were the expression of frustration by men waiting to be demobilised?

  3. Robert James Bridge
    Posted October 23, 2006 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Although inspired by the true story of the Kinmel Camp Riot of 1919,my book is for the most part fiction,using fictional characters so as not to offend any living relatives1.Kinmel Revisited is to be published in Canada by
    http://www.rainbooks in Nov 2006,and can be seen under the coming soon section of meet the authors on the site!Thanks Robert James Bridge (Author)

  4. Posted February 14, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    KINMEL REVISITED-ALTHOUGH THIS BOOK WAS REMAINDERED BY RAIN PUBLISHING i,AS THE AUTHOR STILL OWN THE RIGHTS AND ALTHOUGH I HAVE ONE COPY AND ON A4,PLUS IT IS STILL ON THE DAUNANT BOOKS WEBSITE.I HAVE BEEN CONTACTED RECENTLY BY A MID WALES MAGAZINE EDITOR BY THE NAME OF GAY ROBERTS,WHO SAYS SHE MAY PUT MY BOOK IN INSTALLMENTS BEGINNING IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR IE 2009.THE MAGAZINE IS CALLED PENCAMBRIA AND CAN BE PURCHASED BY LOGGING ON TO THE MAG SITE?.WIL THIS STORY NEVER GO AWAY?.WELL I SINCERELY HOPE NOT SINCE IT IS TO ME MY PREMIER TOME!.MANY THANKS ESSEX AUTHOR ROBERT JAMES BRIDGE-ONCE OF BODELWYDDAN NORTH WALES.

  5. Posted October 15, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Permalink

    “Kinmel Revisited” was remaindered in 2008 by a Canadian Publisher,but is now available to read on Amazonkindle.co.uk
    or Amazonkindle.com (KDP) at a reduced price.This can also be borrowed from Amazon.Republishing such a story on Amazon was a revelation to me as the author,and is a story that should not be forgotten,as is A Bolt From The Blue-The Halifax Explosion also on Amazonkindle.co.uk (KDP)Thank You for reading this and please remember the publisher remaindered it in 2008 but it is once again revisited on Amazonkindle.co.uk.
    Robert James Bridge Author uk.


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