Canadian Army Newsreel No.95

Canadian Army Newsreel No.95


[Canadian Army Newsreel
Musical intro.] Narrator: His Majesty’s ship,
the aircraft carrier Implacable sails into Vancouver Harbour. Aboard her are British are
Canadian prisoners of war who have spent almost
four years in Japanese camps. To some, the Vancouver
skyline is familiar, to others it is strange, but
all are mighty happy to see it. To the Canucks it means home. To the British lads,
it is one more step on the way to Lancashire
town or Devon … As the gangplank is rolled out, a grand welcome is given
the men who have endured untold hardships at enemy hands. Other ships are continually
arriving at west coast ports with empire troops
homeward bound. Instead of taking the long
voyage through the Panama Canal to England,
the sea trip for the British is broken in Canada. Daily papers are as precious as
food to the returning warriors. They have a lot of news
on which to catch up. Juicy, beefy apples handed out
by Red Cross girls are sure a treat after years on
a rice diet. Canadian National and
Canadian Pacific trains take the British Tommies
across the continent to the port of Halifax. Here, the Queen Elizabeth
and other ships will take them safely to England, stopping
at various points on the eastward trip, they get
their first view of scenic beauty of the Dominion. The only empire repatriation
team functions to bring the Commonwealth back
to its peacetime fate. Members of the Women’s Div.,
Royal Canadian Air Force, parade to Buckingham Palace. The occasion is a formal
inspection by the Queen and Princess Elizabeth. The Queen expressed a desire
to see the Canadian girls before they returned to Canada. Many of them on draft for home
waiting until the date of the inspection could be arranged. Now, they are reviewed
by Her Royal Highness. The WDs, who did such a
good job in releasing careworn airmen to keep
’em flying march by on their last big ceremony. They will carry home the best
wishes of Her Majesty the Queen. Sponsored by the Air Cadet
League of Canada, the Central Gliding School
operates near Ottawa. A kirby cadet glider
is assembled from a prefabricated kit
in preparation for a flight. Graduates of the construction
supervisor’s course preside at the assembly. When the construction
is complete, the craft is towed onto
the runway by a tractor. A short distance from
the flying field, are a number of ridges which
provide the updrafts of air necessary for successful
prolonged soaring flight. A winch, once used in England
to wind in barrage balloons is one method used to
launch the glider. A plane also is utilized to get
the motorless kite airborne. The purpose of the Central
Gliding School is to train instructors and they in turn
will assist in the development of gliding programs in
their home provinces. So Johnny Canuck Jr. will
soon have a flying dream become reality, thanks to
the Air Cadets League of Canada. Veterans of World War I
greet General Crerar as he returns to his home
in Hamliton, Ontario. Twenty thousand Hamiltonians
give their fellow citizen a grand welcome as he
inspects his guard of honour. At the city hall, an official
municipal ceremony takes place. While crowds cheer the man
who led the 1st Canadian Army to victory, the general
is presented with an illuminated address of
welcome by Hamilton’s mayor, Sam Lawrence. At the Civic Stadium,
General Crerar chats with veterans of this war who were
wounded on the western front. After touring all military
establishments in Canada, the GOC will retire to Hamilton, having fulfilled
a glorious military career. Just over a year
after liberation, the Belgian town of Eeklo
plays host to its Canadian liberators, the
Lincoln and Welland Regiment from Southern Ontario parades
to the cemetery at … In honour of their dead comrades
wreaths are placed on the cenotaph by Major …
the acting OC. For the three day visit,
the town of Eeklo is in a holiday spirit. Manners leave no doubt
in Canucks’ minds of the goodwill of
Belgian citizens. The town Burgermeister,
Robert Staser, inspects the regiment prior
to making a presentation of a banner in token
of the liberation. In reciprocation for the
honour bestowed on them, the OC, Lincoln and Wellands,
presents the dignitary with a captured German
sword suitably inscribed. Acts of international goodwill
such as this will go a long way in future years to keep the
world in fellowship and peace. It’s kickoff time in the
Big Four inaugural game between Toronto Argonauts
and Ottawa Roughriders. Playing on home ground
at Lansdowne Park, the capital team shows
great form in the first half. Ted Morris’ latest double
blue edition is completely outclassed and outplayed
in the opening phase of the tourney,
but they stick right in there, trying. Trotting out all their
bag of tricks, Ottawa works even the
old line buck for yards, while their hometown
supporters go wild. Tony Golab, ex-RCAF pilot,
heads their list with some outstanding plays. Bill Myers does some
great work for Argos, but the one-sided
score still mounts up. You can never tell until
the clock rings full time. In the last quarter,
the Argos go wild. Filling the air with pigskin,
they crash through from nowhere to snatch
the game from the Roughriders. Final score,
Argos: 11, Ottawa: 9. At No. 8 Canadian Repat Depot, a gymkhana horse show plays
to standing room only. British troops of the Animal
Transport Company R.A.S.C. give a demonstration of
wrestling on horseback. General Spry,
the Repat Chief, enjoys the antics of the
British muscleman who would make …
green with envy. And just like back home,
the ladies are great followers of the grunt and groan game, and these mastodons
are strictly mobile. It’s over the fence and away
in the open jumping competition. But some of these equines
haven’t read the rules. Ah, rocket propulsion
is the answer. Just to add variety to
the scene, a helicopter arrives for
an exhibition. Just think, we’ll be going
to work in one of these things some day,
lunch pail and all. With yoinks and tally-ho, the Chittingfold Farmers
Hunt appears. They don’t hunt foxes,
they hunt wolves. Can you blame them? Rounding out the program,
a Canuck team enters the list to play the game
of musical chairs. It may be a parlour game
in Podunk Centre, but the way these lads play it,
there’d be a few troopers attending mess at the
stand easy tonight. Yes, strictly for laughs is
the Repat … Jamboree, the Farnborough Horse Show.

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