Postcard from the Battlefield - Video

Video / February 8, 2017 / Project number: 12-0125

(Opening image of Canadian Army logo)

(Music starts to play)

(Still image of a shadowed soldier holding a weapon against a backdrop with the title “Postcard from the Battlefield” / “Carte postale du champ de bataille”)

(Cut to image of the back of a postcard with a stamp from France with the text “from the Battlefield / du champ de bataille”)

(Cut to a distant shot of the Vimy Ridge memorial, framed between trees)

(Cut to a shot of female guide standing in front of cemetery)

Susan Humphrey, Guide, Canadian National Vimy Memorial: Vimy for Canadians is really what we did here in the First World War. It was the first time that all four Canadian divisions fought together in the First World War towards the same objective, which was a very important moment for Canada, especially as such a young country because here at Vimy in 1917 Canada was only 50 years old.

(Cut to still image of soldiers firing cannons into a field)

Susan Humphrey: So as such a young country with such a close relationship to Britain, Vimy was kind of a moment where Canadians really started to become Canadian. We really started finding our identity, we started identifying with one another and even when the news back home got passed along, Canadians immediately started seeing what the Canadian soldiers were capable of and Canadians really differentiating themselves from the British, which we had been fighting with for the duration of the war.

(Cut to still image of soldier placing stone at the base of a cross placed for Canadian soldiers killed in action)

(Cut to a distant shot of the Vimy Ridge memorial, framed between trees)

(Cut to image of the back of a postcard with a stamp from France with the text “from the Battlefield / du champ de bataille”)

(Fade to a black screen with Canadian Army logo)

(Fade to National Defence Identifier and copyright information. Fade to Canada wordmark.)

 

 

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