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Food, Weapon of Conquest

Food, Weapon of Conquest

| 22 min

This 1940s wartime newsreel shows the food shortage in Nazi-occupied countries that have been forced to hand over their farm produce to Germany, leaving their own populations hungry. Part of the Canada Carries On series.

  • director
    Stuart Legg
  • producer
    Stuart Legg
  • editing
    Stuart Legg


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Ages 15 to 17

Civics/Citizenship - Human Rights
Civics/Citizenship - Ideologies
History - World History
History - World War II

Discuss Napoleon’s famous adage, “an army marches on its stomach,” in relation to this film. Comment on Germany’s decision to feed its troops, while allowing civilians to go hungry. Research the use of “scorched earth” policies, throughout history, as a military strategy. Are they always successful? Discuss.

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