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World War I Armistice

World War I Armistice

On November 11, 1918, the war to end all wars finally came to an end. To commemorate Remembrance Day, we are presenting several films that reflect on the sacrifice of Canadian soldiers, whose efforts have allowed us to live our lives in peace and security.

Albert Ohayon

Having viewed over 7,500 films, Albert Ohayon is our resident collections expert. He studied film production and journalism at Concordia University in Montreal and has been working at the National Film Board since 1984.

  • John McCrae's War: In Flanders Fields
    1998|46 min

    This feature documentary profiles poet John McCrae, from his childhood in Ontario to his years in medicine at McGill University and the WWI battlefields of Belgium, where he cared for wounded soldiers. Generations of schoolchildren have recited McCrae’s iconic poem “In Flanders Fields,” but McCrae and Alexis Helmer—the young man whose death inspired the poem—have faded from memory. This film seeks to revive their stories through a vivid portrait of a great man in Canadian history.

  • Fields of Sacrifice
    1964|38 min

    When the Department of Veterans Affairs approached the NFB to make a film about the Canadian war dead of the First and Second World Wars, nobody was quite sure how to proceed. Filmmaker Donald Brittain, who had just finished working on the Canada at War series, was assigned to the project. Convinced that just showing cemeteries would be counterproductive, Brittain filmed the sites of famous battles as they appeared in the 1960s, with people having moved on and enjoying their lives. Yet the sacrifices made by Canadians on the battlefields are not forgotten by the people of these countries. Shot on 35 mm, the film would premiere in Ottawa in October 1963 with Governor General Georges Vanier present and play theatrically for the next two years. It would also be broadcast on Remembrance Day 1965 on the full CBC network.

  • Front Lines - Faith and Hope
    2008|9 min

    Receiving letters from family at home is as important to the moral of a soldier as sending letters back. Religion and faith became a solace to many at during the drudgery of the trenches. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2008, 90 years will have passed since the signing of the Armistice ending the end of the Great War in Europe. More than 600,000 men and women crossed the Atlantic with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and more than 60,000 of them never returned. This thirty-minute documentary features veterans' letters to their families and images from the NFB archives, the Canadian War Museum and Library and Archives Canada.

  • Front Lines - Nurses at the Front
    2008|8 min

    Nurses and health workers are incredibly important during war times. Long days, and brutal injuries, and both sad and triumphant outcomes. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2008, 90 years will have passed since the signing of the Armistice ending the end of the Great War in Europe. More than 600,000 men and women crossed the Atlantic with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and more than 60,000 of them never returned. This thirty-minute documentary features veterans' letters to their families and images from the NFB archives, the Canadian War Museum and Library and Archives Canada.

  • Front Lines - The Life of the Soldier
    2008|9 min

    The life of a soldier is gruelling. The letters home speak of the physical and emotional hardships and the mental strain of what they witness on the battlefield. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2008, 90 years will have passed since the signing of the Armistice ending the end of the Great War in Europe. More than 600,000 men and women crossed the Atlantic with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and more than 60,000 of them never returned. This thirty-minute documentary features veterans' letters to their families and images from the NFB archives, the Canadian War Museum and Library and Archives Canada.

  • Front Lines - The Officer's Role
    2008|8 min

    Officers often wrote reports and updates to headquarters. With all the devastation that they would see, they still needed to encourage their troops to not give up hope. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2008, 90 years will have passed since the signing of the Armistice ending the end of the Great War in Europe. More than 600,000 men and women crossed the Atlantic with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and more than 60,000 of them never returned. This thirty-minute documentary features veterans' letters to their families and images from the NFB archives, the Canadian War Museum and Library and Archives Canada.

  • Front Lines - The Trenches
    2008|9 min

    On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2008, 90 years will have passed since the signing of the Armistice ending the end of the Great War in Europe. More than 600,000 men and women crossed the Atlantic with the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and more than 60,000 of them never returned. This thirty-minute documentary features veterans' letters to their families and images from the NFB archives, the Canadian War Museum and Library and Archives Canada.

  • Georges P. Vanier: Soldier, Diplomat, Governor General
    1960|29 min

    This short documentary looks at Governor General Georges Vanier: his military service in two world wars, his diplomatic service between the wars and his investiture as Canada's 19th Governor General.

  • And We Knew How to Dance: Women in World War I
    1994|55 min

    This feature documentary profiles 12 Canadian women who entered the male-dominated world of munitions factories and farm labour during World War I. In 1994, aged 86 to 101, these women recall their wartime work experiences and the ways in which their commitment and determination helped lead the way to postwar social changes for women.

  • Airplane Casualties
    1918|6 min

    This short film from 1918 shows various types of footage involving aircraft. An aircraft moves down the runway and takes off. Three planes in formation are seen from the air. Viewed from the cockpit, a pilot is at the controls. A hydroplane gets ready to land in a British port. Seen from the air, bombs fall on the battlefield. An enemy plane is pursued by fire from an anti-aircraft battery, while another spirals down and crashes on the ground. Canadian aviators pose proudly for the camera while an American crew attaches bombs to an aircraft.

  • Battle of Arras 3
    1917|8 min

    This third short film on the Battle of Arras shows artillery fire, troop movements and several explosions on the battlefield. German prisoners can also be seen in the trenches, as well as enemy bombs falling on the town of Arras. A classic World War One film.

  • Canadians Advance Near Cambrai 3
    1918|9 min

    This silent short film from 1918 demonstrates the devastating effects of shelling. Firemen, soldiers and civilians fight several fires in a village, brick buildings are reduced to rubble, and a water tank in a factory is totally destroyed.

  • The Van Doos, 100 Years with the Royal 22e Régiment
    2014|52 min

    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.