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D-Day

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D-Day

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D-Day, as this day would become known, was the largest amphibious invasion of all time, led to the liberation of France, and marked the beginning of the end of the Second World War. This Heritage Minute tells the story of 47-year-old Major Archie MacNaughton, a First World War veteran and leader of the North Shore New Brunswick Regiment’s A Company. Our story is a tribute to the Canadian soldiers who fought on D-Day – ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
For more information about D-Day, please visit: https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/normandy-feature
For more information about Major Archie MacNaughton, please visit: https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/archie-macnaughton
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  • Major Archie MacNaughton - Michael Shanks
  • Private Bill Savage – Calum Worthy
  • Narrator – Sonja Smits
  • End Narration – Peter Mansbridge
  • Director – Chris Petry
  • Director of Photography – Nick Thomas
  • Produced by Bamboo Shoots Inc.

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Nursing Sisters

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For more information about Nursing Sisters visit The Canadian Encyclopedia.

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  • Eden Lyal Pringle – Siobhan Williams
  • Eleanor Jean Thompson – Myla Southward
  • Narrator – Molly Parker

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Queenston Heights

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Queenston Heights

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For more information about Queenston Heights visit The Canadian Encyclopedia.

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  • John Norton – Billy Merasty
  • John Brandt – Meegwun Fairbrother
  • Narrator – Alanis Obomsawin

Richard Pierpoint

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Richard Pierpoint

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For more information about Richard Pierpoint visit The Canadian Encyclopedia.

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  • Officer Howard – Ray Kahnert
  • Deaf Moses – Roney Lewis
  • Younger Richard Pierpoint – Oke Nnawuchi
  • Officer Charles – Jordan Van Dyck
  • Richard Pierpoint age 68 – Rudy Webb
  • Narrator – Charles Officer

Vimy Ridge

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The Battle of Vimy Ridge, during the First World War, is Canada's most celebrated military victory — an often mythologized symbol of the birth of Canadian national pride and awareness. The four divisions of the Canadian Corps, fighting together for the first time, attacked the ridge from 9 to 12 April, 1917 and captured it from the German army. It was the largest territorial advance of any Allied force to that point in the war – but it would mean little to the outcome of the conflict. More than 10,500 Canadians were killed and wounded in the assault. Today an iconic white memorial atop the ridge honours the 11,285 Canadians killed in France throughout the war who have no known graves.

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  • Arthur Currie – Richard Fitzpatrick
  • General Julian Byng – Cedric Smith
  • British Officer – Randy Triggs

Laura Secord

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Laura Secord

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  • Secord – Louisa Martin
  • FitzGibbon – Stephen McHattie
  • Mohawk person #1 – Eric Schweig
  • Mohawk person #2 – Denis Lacroix
  • Mohawk person #3 – Jonathon Fisher
  • Mohawk person #4 – Jack Burning
  • Additional Cast – J Winston Carroll
  • Additional Cast – Richard Hardacre
  • Additional Cast – Katherine Trowell

Valour Road

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Valour Road

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  • Hall – Ronald Lea
  • Clarke – Marcel Janin
  • Lieutenant – Philip Pretten
  • Sergeant – William Rowat
  • Soldier Yelling – Thor Bishopric
  • Eating Soldier – Aidan Devine
  • Soldier Eating – Guy Lefebvre
  • Wounded Soldier – Gordon Welke
  • Soldier – Yves Langlois
  • Narrator – Katherine Trowel
  • Additional Cast – Emily Vera

Tommy Prince

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  • Tommy Prince – Thomas King
  • Beryl Prince – Jennifer Podemski
  • Colonel – Wayne Best

Osborn of Hong Kong

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Osborn of Hong Kong

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For more information about Sergeant Major John Osborn visit The Canadian Encyclopedia.

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  • Sergeant Major John Osborn – Ted Dykstra
  • John Lawson – Joseph Ziegler
  • Soldier – Steve Cumyn

Mona Parsons

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She meets her future husband who confirms her nationality to Canadian forces liberating the nation.

For more information about Mona Parsons visit The Canadian Encyclopedia.

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  • Mona Parsons – Sonja Smits
  • Judge – Heinar Piller
  • Harry Foster – Greg Ellwand
  • Captain Davis – Jeff Roop
  • Sergeant – Austin Strugnell

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