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RISEN FROM THE ASHES – The British Pathé Archive Reveals Lost Canadian Footage

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(ABOVE PHOTO – the British Pathé vault, and on the right Pte. Nadine Manning of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit in a film vault at Merton Park Studios, December 19, 1944, London, England. LAC – PA 152104.) In April of this year, British Pathé, one of the oldest media companies in the world, uploaded its complete collection of 85,000 historic films in high resolution to their YouTube channel. This project is being managed by German company Mediakraft, which has been responsible for numerous past YouTube successes. In their press release they explain the extent of the project; “Our hope is that everyone, everywhere who has a computer will…

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The Canadian Army Newsreel: On the Home Screens

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The power of the Canadian Army Newsreel is best exemplified in this account of a families search for the whereabouts of their father during World War II… In the December 2010 edition of the Legion Magazine, I came across a request by Harry Chartres searching for newsreel footage of his father, Henry P. Chartres. Specifically, Harry was seeking newsreel footage that his mother had seen in a theatre back in Verdun, Quebec in 1943, over 71 years ago. “The story goes that my mother was taken to a theatre to help ease the news my Dad was missing in action and lo and behold when the newsreel came on, there…

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