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World War 2 related audio archives from the CBC, organized by date/year.


Canadians Depart for Europe - Dec. 18, 1939 - 8:20
In December 1939 Canadian soldiers arrive by train to join a convoy of troops headed for the war in Europe.


Under Fire in Ortona - Dec. 24, 1943 - 4:36
Matthew Halton reports from Italy's front lines on Christmas Eve.


Honouring the living and the dead - Jan. 31, 1944 - 4:55
The world is once again at war, and so too are the Van Doos. After years in England, they are finally called upon to fight in the Germans in Italy. Weeks of exhausting fighting in the Moro Valley and in the streets of Ortona follow. In a small Italian village, the troops pause briefly to award medals and hold a solemn requiem mass to honour their fallen. CBC Radio's Marcel Ouimet was there.
The little soldier - Feb. 6, 1944 - 3:15
At a funeral in Italy, Matthew Halton meets an expert 15-year-old sniper.
Witness to D-Day - June 8, 1944 - 13:53
Swimming with his pack and waterproof typewriter, Matthew Halton navigates the rough, rising tides to the beach. Around him, the Allied troops swim forward and land on the shell-swept Normandy beaches. They move through curtains of machine gun fire. Today is June 6, 1944, and the campaign to liberate France and Belgium from Germany has begun.
Wounded soldiers speak - June 16, 1944 - 9:03
Booby traps, shrapnel, bullets, mortar fire — there are a lot of ways for Canadian soldiers to get hurt, or worse, in Normandy. Ten days after D-Day, five wounded Canadian servicemen gather in London to talk about their ordeals and the heroism of those who got them to safety...
We were all kings for the day - Aug. 25, 1944 - 08:55
Paris is liberated from Germany and the streets are wild with celebration. Tanks bearing the flag of France roll down the avenues, soldiers scream "Vive la France" until hoarse, and girls surround the parading jeeps to kiss the troops. "Can you blame me if I call this fantastic?" Halton asks in his radio report on the liberation.
The slit trench - Nov. 21, 1944 - 4:28
"Is your man in the infantry? Do you know what it is like?" asks Capt. Athol Stewart in Holland, 1944. "Of course you don't. You have never slept in a hole in the ground which you have dug while someone tried to kill you...A trench is dug just wide enough for the shoulders, as long as the body, and as deep as there is time. It may be occupied for two hours or two weeks."
Christmas dinner at the front - Dec. 4, 1944 - 3:33
Christmas dinner is always something to look forward to, even when it is canned turkey heated up on a "#3 Petrol Burner" and eaten out of a mess tin. Army cook Frank Barley describes his efforts to prepare something special for 50 men in a farmhouse near the Dutch front.
Tea time on the battlefront - Dec. 4, 1944 - 3:28
"Our army has the tea habit," says Lt. Jack Scott, stationed with the First Canadian Army in Holland, 1944. The nightly ritual involves tea of questionable origin, a tin can placed over a narrow ditch and a lot of gasoline. Of the "queer-looking brew" the best that can be said is, "It's hot and it's dirty."
Capturing Caen - Sept. 2, 1956 - 1:46
Matthew Halton reminisces about the liberation of the ancient city of Caen in Normandy.
Normandy Revisited - June 6, 1954 - 6:34
Matthew Halton reminisces about the liberation of the ancient city of Caen in Normandy.

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