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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 and the 90th anniversary of the armistice, 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.

  • 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.