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Fields of Sacrifice

Fields of Sacrifice

| 38 min

This 1964 documentary returns to the battlefields where over 100,000 Canadian soldiers lost their lives in the First and Second World Wars. The film also visits cemeteries where servicemen are buried. Filmed from Hong Kong to Sicily, this documentary is designed to show Canadians places they have reason to know but may not be able to visit. Produced for the Canadian Department of Veteran Affairs by the renowned documentary filmmaker Donald Brittain.

  • director
    Donald Brittain
  • producer
    Donald Brittain
  • script
    Donald Brittain
  • executive producer
    Peter Jones
  • photography
    Eugene Boyko
  • editing
    Rex Tasker
  • re-recording
    Ron Alexander
    Roger Lamoureux
  • narrator
    Douglas Rain
  • music
    Eldon Rathburn


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Ages 14 to 16

History - World War I
History - World War II

Using the image of the word "ghosts" have students research a Canadian soldier who died in one of the world wars and write a poem or short story about him. Read the poem "Grass" by Carl Sandburg, "Dulce et Decorum Est" by Wilfred Owen. Watch the film "Passchendaele" with Paul Gross.

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