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War Memorials are an integral part of our ability to connect to our history

They are central to our act of Remembrance. What adds to significance of the Memorials are the Names. They provide a personal connection to the past. This is very important. Names are History. Unfortunately not all memorials have names. The beautifully-located Memorial in Manotick, Ontario is an example. Is there a way to add poignancy by finding some names? There are a couple ways of doing this. In this short video Norm sources ten potential names of men from Manotick who died in the World Wars. This method can be applied to any of our War Memorials. Names matter.

Eyewitness to History

Barton, known as ‘Butch’, was flight commander of the Hurricane-equipped No 249 Squadron from 14th August 1940.

Ed Mastronardi, M.C. (1925-2016). Lieutenant, 2nd RCR, 1951, Korea

Battle for the Song-gok. Canada Boy tonight you die! Interviewed by Norm Christie in 2007. Incredible interview outlining Ed’s platoon defence of the Song-Gok against an attack by 1,000 Chinese.

The Riot at Christie Pits

In the Depression-era Toronto of 1933, 80% of the population are of British descent and the civic power of the Protestant Orange Order is supreme.

Eyewitness to History

Major “Lockie” Fulton returns to the battlefields of Normandy 1944 to talk about D-Day on Juno Beach and Carpiquet Airport.

The Trench

The Elgin’s 31 Combat Engineer Regiment build a trench based on construction plans originally used in World War 1, Belgium and France, 1914 – 1918.

Eyewitness to History

Jim Stirling talks about his remarkable experiences.


Newly Released WWII Veteran Interviews.

An interview with 'Secret Liberator' Al Sirois
(full video coming soon) Among others, Secret Liberators includes an interview with Al Sirois, an SOE Wireless operator.
An interview with Butch Barton
'Butch' Barton served in the RAF during the Battle of Britain and the Battle of Malta.
An interview with Ed Mastronardi
Interviewed by Norm Christie in 2007. Incredible interview outlining Ed’s platoon defence of the Song-Gok against an attack by 1,000 Chinese.
An interview with Jim Moffet, from 'Striking Back'
(full video coming soon) Many of our documentaries have interviews. Here's an excerpt from Striking Back that includes an interview with Jim Moffet.
An interview with Jim Stirling
This interview was done in 2008 in anticipation of a TV Show Evaders & Escape Lines. Jim gave us a one piece interview, literally; one question and off he went.
An interview with Joe Ekins
On August 8, 1944, under incredible pressure, he destroyed 3 Tigers.
An interview with Jules Paivio
Paivio was the last surviving Canadian veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and of the Mackenzie–Papineau Battalion.
An interview with Ken Tout
He was there for the fight, and overheard much of the battle on his radio.
An interview with Lockie Fulton
Eyewitness to History: Major "Lockie" Fulton returns to the battlefields of Normandy 1944 to talk about D-Day.
An interview with Sydney Radley-Walters
His unit made up the eastern flank of what would be the trap that crushed Wittmann's Tigers.
An interview with Ted Leja
One of the turning points, seemingly unnoticed, of Our Canada, took place in front of the cameras and a live audience, May 17, 1963.

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Eyewitness: Veteran Interviews
These interviews were conducted in 2007 as part of the TV Series, Battlefield Mysteries, for History Channel in Canada. We were very lucky to be able to interview the most important men involved in this famous, maybe legendary, and very brief encounter, that took place on August 8, 1944 during Operation Totalize.

11 videos
TV Series: Battlefield Mysteries
The battlefield was littered with the wreckage of 5 German Tiger tanks, including the Tiger 007, the tank of the highest scoring SS Panzer Ace, Michael Wittmann. Wittmann was a legend to the Germans and his loss was devastating to the moral of the men but the Allies hadn't heard of him until 1983 when his remains were recovered from a lost grave in Normandy. Who killed Michael Wittmann? We had to recreate a 15 minute battle that took place 63 years earlier.
4 videos
TV Series: For King and Country
Return to the Canadian battlefields of World War II with renowned military historian Norm Christie.
6 videos
TV Series: For King and Empire
In their own words, the men who fought tell their stories, and we discover how the naive amateur soldiers of 1914 became, by 1918, perhaps the most feared, efficient and deadly Allied Corps on the Western Front.
6 videos
TV Series: In Korea
Norm traces the origins of the Korean war, from the North Korean Invasion in June 1950, the battle for the Pusan Perimeter, the arrival of the Canadians, their first actions and the stand of the 2nd Patricias at Kapyong in April 1951.
3 videos
TV Series: The Great War Tour
Few realize that 20,000 of the 60,000 Canadians killed in the Great War are Missing. Norm shows how we can resolve some of the mysteries of The Missing. It explains the many reasons that so many soldiers simply vanished from the battlefields. There is particular reference to the missing cemetery that contains 44 soldiers of the Canadian Scottish (including William Milne VC), killed April 9th, 1917 on the Vimy battlefield, CA40.
8 videos
TV Shows: Documentaries and Specials
Norm Christie examines old battlefields and visits the cemeteries and memorials that hold the secrets to the legacy and sacrifices of Canadians. Also, the Special Operations Executive ran underground operations against the Nazi occupiers, and provided a spirit of resistance to the isolated French people. And much more!
12 videos