• Japanese Americans Visit A WW2 Incarceration Camp
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    Japanese Americans Visit A WW2 Incarceration Camp

    – [Narrator] It would be so hard to go back home after everything happened and try to just live your life normally. I think that’s partially why my family just chose not to really talk about it. They just wanted to leave it all in the past. (emotional music) – During World War II Manzanar was an American incarceration camp in which Japanese Americans were held against their will in the name of national security. – I want to go to Manzanar because I don’t think I know my own history that well. Both of my grandparents were held in camps when they were children. – My family didn’t really…

  • Legacy Series Episode 5 – Collateral Damage
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    Legacy Series Episode 5 – Collateral Damage

    We never lost faith in prison camp. That’s one thing I noticed: people always look forward to something better. This is near the end of the war, when we were in Eindhoven, Holland. We were listening to— We had a little small radio, and we got Arnhem Mary on the radio, and she said, “We understand there’s a Canadian squadron in Eindhoven, Holland.” And she said, “This is not your war, you know. You should go home. We feel so sad for you fellas, but maybe we could come over and wish you Merry Christmas.” So we all laughed; we thought that was a big joke. The next morning, there…

  • Canadian Army Newsreel No.103
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    Canadian Army Newsreel No.103

    [Canadian Army Newsreel Musical intro.] Narrator: The … of Victory Year is founded as the North Nova Scotia Highlanders of Canada plant their regimental standard on German soil – the first foothold in the Reich. The turn of the year in Northern Italy sees the 1st Canadian Corps battling the enemy and the weather. Crossing the Lamone River crossing, they make a determined drive up to the Senio. In the snow cloaked Apennines, mule trains supply forward positions as the slow advance to Ferrara continues. On the western front too, old man winter bogs down operations with a deep blanket of snow. Having driven several bridgeheads over Maas River, the…

  • London Underground as AIR RAID Shelters During the BLITZ in Wartime London.
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    London Underground as AIR RAID Shelters During the BLITZ in Wartime London.

    The London Tube. London Tube Stations as Air Raid Shelters WWII. The Tube as Air Raid Shelters. At the beginning of the warthe official policy had rejected the idea of using the London Undergound (tube) system as a shelter. As well as fearing the development of a ‘deep shelter mentally’ they felt the railways should be kept clear for troop movements. but the citizens of London merely bought a platform ticket and began to camp out on the platforms. Though the tube was dry and insulated from the noise of bombing its safety was sometimes illusary. A high explosive bomb could penetrate 50 feet (over 15m) through solid ground. On…

  • The Badass Girl Scouts Who Helped Win World War II
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    The Badass Girl Scouts Who Helped Win World War II

    The Girl Scouts, or Girl Guides, have been around for just over 100 years. You probably think of them as smiley campers, selling cookies and earning badges, but I’m going to tell you a different story. Today, let’s talk about their always bright, do good deeds motto, and what happened when the world went into chaos. Let’s talk about the Girl Guides in the Second World War. Hi, I’m Tristan Johnson and you’re watching Step Back History. Since 1910, the Girl Guides have given young girls a way to make the world a better place through community action, service to others, education, and advocacy. They began as a protest when…

  • Detention of Second World War Prisoners of War and Great Britain’s Enemy Aliens
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    Detention of Second World War Prisoners of War and Great Britain’s Enemy Aliens

    [text] From 1940 to 1947, Canada detained some 34,000 German combatants, Great Britain’s civilian internees, and enemy merchant mariners in 26 camps across the country. I’m Paul Mengelberg, from Longlac. I came to Canada of my own free will. [text] Paul Mengelberg: Prisoner of War 1940-1947 I’ve been living in Longlac for the last 50 years. [text] Three of the camps—Red Rock, Neys and Angler—were located on the north shore of Lake Superior. My first time in Canada, I came from England to Halifax to Camp Angler. We could see Lake Superior from there and the railroad. There was snow that reached up to our knees. [text] Prisoners of war…

  • I Needed Revenge – Four Years in a Japanese Prison Camp | Memoirs Of WWII #16
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    I Needed Revenge – Four Years in a Japanese Prison Camp | Memoirs Of WWII #16

    What kept me alive? Well, I think determination and hatred. My hatred was so bad for them at this point, until I had to live to see if I could get revenge. I needed revenge. By the summer of 1941, war was raging all across Europe and Southeast Asia. But the United States had no plans of joining in. So, for 16 year old Glenn Frazier, joining the U.S. Army was nothing more than an opportunity to give him a fresh start. I was a farm boy, and I got sorta ancy and was ready to make a change. So I got on my motorcycle and I went down the…