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Banshees Over Canada

Banshees Over Canada

| 19 min

This newsreel documentary made during WWII was used to illustrate Britain's preparations for an air attack. Scenes depict destruction wrought by enemy planes, the efficiency of retaliation by the Royal Air Force and the precautions taken in Canada against possible air attack. Part of the Canada Carries On series.


Credits
  • director
    James Beveridge
  • producer
    Sydney Newman

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Education

Ages 14 to 17

History - World War II
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues

Pre-teach the concept of "homeland security" as it is practiced today. After viewing the film, discuss whether the students' ideas of the term have changed. How has the role of the military changed since WW2? Why? Compare homeland security measures then & now. Imagine what life must have been like as people braced themselves for an air attack. Ask students whether Canadians take the protection we now enjoy for granted, given the heroic acts pictured in the film. Have them write an essay or a speech explaining their point of view.

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