Front Lines - Faith and Hope

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  • 9 min 6 s

This short documentary made in 2008 reflects on how religion and faith became a solace to many Canadians serving in the First World War. 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 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. Front Lines features veterans' letters to their families and images from the NFB archives, the Canadian War Museum and Library and Archives Canada.

Extrait de la sélection : World War I Armistice

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.

— Albert Ohayon

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