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.
Operation Blockbuster: The Battle of the Hochwald Gap. February 1945. The Canadian 2nd Division assembles over 1,000 tanks to launch an attack into the Rhineland in an attempt to crack open the German heartland. Their casualties are heavy as they meet fanatical Nazi resistance.
D-Day June 6th, 1944. The Allies land on the coast of Normandy, France. The 2nd Canadian Armoured Brigade has to fight its way inland past ruthless German forces led by the elite 12th SS-Panzer Division Hitlerjugend.
September 18th, 1944. When Patton's 3rd Army threatens to breach the German border near Arracourt, France, Hitler desperately deploys hundreds of panzers in a huge tank-vs-tank clash. Arracourt at that time, was the largest tank battle involving U.S. forces on the Western Front.
The Battle of Kursk was the largest tank battle in history, involving some 6,000 tanks. July 5th, 1944. German and Soviet forces clash on the Eastern Front near Kursk in the Soviet Union. The battle begins with the German offensive "Operation Citadel" that has the objective of pinching off the Kursk salient with simultaneous attacks from the north and the south.
The Episode deals with four Canadians, who as part of the Special Operations Executive, ran underground operations against the Nazi occupiers, and provided a spirit of resistance to the isolated French people.
Norm follows the battles of the 25th Canadian Infantry Brigade in May 1951, to Chail-Li, the advance to the Jamestown Line; the Peace Talks at Pamunjom, and the Chinese offensive against the Canadians at The Sangok Position, and the tremendous defence of the Saddle at Hill 355 in November 1951.
In this show Norm retraces the path of Canada's greatest Soldier, Arthur Currie, and examines how this general, the most successful general of The Great War, won his brilliant victories, and was later ignored and forgotten.
Few realize that 20,000 of the 60,000 Canadians killed in the Great War are Missing. In this Episode Norm shows how we can solve some of the mysteries of The Missing. It explains the many reasons 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.
One of the legacies of The Great War are the 100s of War Cemeteries that mark the old battlefields. As no remains could be repatriated these cemeteries are time capsules that allow us to understand the grief and sacrifice of that period. Norm explains how these incredible cemeteries came about and what each grave and each cemetery tells us about the First World War.
In July 1936 the largest peacetime armada in Canadian History set sail for France, a grand Pilgrimage for the Unveiling of Canada's National Memorial on Vimy Ridge. The episode chronicles the post-war period, the Veteran's Movement, and the significance of the Vimy Pilgrimage. It was the bitter-sweet swansong of the Great war Generation.
The Mohawks of Akwesasne in the Saint Lawrence Valley in Ontario and the Nlaka’pamux in the Stein Valley of British Columbia are featured in this 1991 exploration of the Native people’s response to pollution of their environment. With Graham Greene.
Using powerful testimonials and rare archival footage, the film conveys how colliding perspectives of the land and development must be reconciled in the years to come to ensure indigenous and global environmental survival.
Norm takes the viewer over the battlefields of 1952-53, when the war changed from a war of movement to a stalemate, as both sides dig in and await the final outcome of the Peace Talks. It becomes a deadly cat and mouse game of waiting, watching and patrolling, a war that costs 250 Canadian lives. Episode ends when the war finally concludes in July 1953.
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