Films about Canada and the Second World War

Films about Canada and the Second World War

View documentaries about Canada’s involvement in the Second World War. Find archival footage of important events in the Canadian context of this global conflict.

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Documentaries

The Enemy Within

Follow the story of a German prisoner of war, who fondly recounts his experiences in a Canadian POW camp.

Fields of Sacrifice

A poetic documentary honouring Canadian sacrifice during the First and Second World War.

Lost Over Burma: Search for Closure

Follows a mission to search for the remains of six RCAF members lost delivering food during World War II.

Mackenzie King and the Conscription Crisis

This docudrama explores Mackenzie King’s difficult decision to impose conscription during the Second World War.

Rosies of the North

Follows several Canadian women as they recall working in the factories during the Second World War.

A War Story

The true story of Ben Wheeler, a Canadian doctor held captive in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during World War II.

Archival films

Birth of a Giant

This film follows the conception, construction and testing of the Canadair Argus.

Churchill’s Island

This Oscar® winning documentary short examines the military strategy used by the allies in the Battle of Britain.

Proudly She Marches

A report on how Canadian women were trained in their military divisions during the Second World War.

Train Busters

Learn about Canada’s role in the Allied air strategy of hitting the German army's nerve centers.

Wasp Wings

Describes the important role of Spitfire fighter aircraft during the Second World War.

Welcome Soldier

Highlights the programs created to help Canadian World War II veterans return to civilian life.

Wings on her Shoulders

Information on the Woman's Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force of 1943.

Zero Hour

Analyzes the preparation, strategy and planning of the great Allied invasion of Northwest Europe in 1944.

Series

Canada Remembers Part I

Part one of a three-part series documenting the years between the outbreak of WWII in September 1939 and June 1944.

Canada Remembers Part II

Part two of the series documenting the period between June and December 1944.

Canada Remembers Part III

Part three of the series focusing on the final phase of WWII in 1945 and the war’s aftermath.

Features

Forged in Fire Exhibit

A vintage car on display at the Forged in Fire Exhibit at the Canadian War Museum

Plan a trip to the Canadian War Museum to view their largest and most visited gallery which studies the Second World War.

Traitor or Patriot (film)

Quebec Premier Adélard Godbout, who represented the province during the Second World War

Watch this feature-length documentary about Adélard Godbout, Premier of Quebec during the Second World War.

Democracy at War

Operations staff of the 1st Canadian Army Tank Brigade, Rottingdean, England 1942-1943

Browse this collection of more than 140,000 Canadian news stories and editorials, documenting every aspect of the war.

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