This documentary marks the 100th anniversary of the Royal 22e Régiment, the only French-speaking Canadian battalion to fight in the First World War. Widely known by its colloquial name, “The Van Doos”, the battalion served with distinction on several fronts, including both world wars, the Korean War, and in numerous U.N. peacekeeping operations. This film offers a moving tribute to both the living veterans and the lost soldiers of the Van Doos. Their personal stories and narratives bring a little-known page of our history books to life. This vibrant elegy features a moving score by Claude Naubert performed live by the regimental formation La Musique du Royal 22e Régiment.
Ages 14 to 18
History - Canada 1946-1991
History - World War I
History - World War II
History and Citizenship Education - Modernization of Quebec Society (1929-1980)
Social Studies - Canada in the World Today
Ideal for essays and debates on Canadian history. What was Canada’s role in the major conflicts of the 20th and 21st centuries? What is Canada’s military role in the world today, and what is its reputation? What is the difference between war and peacekeeping? When is war necessary or effective, and when is it not? What motivates people to enlist in the army? Would you consider enlisting in the army? Why? When we honour war veterans, do we celebrate war?