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.
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.