Documentary exposes Japan’s wartime abuses on Canadians

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Spy was great Canadian hero
Spy was great Canadian hero

Spy was great Canadian hero

Story by Sharon Adams

On Nov. 18, 1942, Canadian spy Gustave Bieler and his wireless operator were parachuted into France to begin work behind German lines.

It was an inauspicious beginning—Bieler seriously injured his back when he landed on some rocks and he spent six weeks recovering in hospital under an assumed name. But he refused to return to England, and soon had set up one of the most successful spy rings in northern France, known as the Musician Network.


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Front Lines
The Fence: Documentary exposes Japan’s wartime abuses

The Fence: Documentary exposes
Japan’s wartime abuses

Story by Stephen J. Thorne

There is a scene an hour into Viveka Melki’s documentary The Fence in which George Peterson, the last surviving soldier of the Winnipeg Grenadiers imprisoned by the Japanese during the Second World War, cannot go on.

It is, perhaps, one of the most poignant living testaments to Second World War suffering that exists anywhere, a Canadian’s first-person account of the abuses their Japanese captors inflicted on them after the fall of Hong Kong in December 1941.


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This week in history
This week in history

November 18, 1916

British General Douglas Haig halts his army’s offensive at the Somme River in northwestern France, after more than a million soldiers from both sides are killed or wounded.


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