History Television Honours Canadian Veterans with Six Outstanding World Broadcast Premieres During A Week of Remembrance - November 5 to 11



    TORONTO, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - History Television commemorates the Canadian men
and women who served, and continue to serve our country during times of war,
conflict and peace-keeping with A Week of Remembrance. This special week
features the world broadcast premieres of six incredible documentaries
including: 1917: The Missing, Bravo Company Kandahar, Vimy Underground, Last
Soldier, Bloody Normandy and Bloody Victory. From the amazing discovery of the
first Canadian soldier from the First World War identified using DNA
technology in 1917: The Missing, to the intimate glimpse into the lives of
modern Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan in Bravo Company Kandahar, A Week of
Remembrance truly captures the valour of Canadian soldiers throughout history.
    "We are extremely proud about our line up for Remembrance Week. With six
brand new documentaries, this special week of programming pays tribute to the
heroism of soldiers from the past and the present", says Cindy Witten, Vice
President, Content, History Television.
    On Monday, November 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, the broadcast premiere of 1917:
The Missing tells of the discovery of the bodies of two soldiers from the
First World War. The discovery launched an international investigation to
determine their identities, and demanded the careful work of genealogists,
historians, and forensic biologists. The film documents the first time ever
that a soldier from the First World War was identified using DNA science.
    In the broadcast premiere of Bravo Company Kandahar, airing November 5 at
9 p.m. ET/PT, Mike Sheerin (Director and Producer of Encounter With Moses: The
Life and Times of Moses Znaimer, The Secret Mulroney Tapes and The Degrassi
Story) directs and narrates an intensely authentic portrayal of life in
war-torn Afghanistan for the Canadian soldier. Sheerin follows the troops of
Bravo Company stationed at Forward Operating Base Martello (six hours
northeast of Kandahar City) for 19 days. This one-hour documentary captures
the many experiences of war for the Canadian soldier from coping with the
tragic loss of comrades to daily foot-patrols in the rugged Afghan mountains
to the apprehension and detention of three suspected Taliban fighters.
    In the broadcast premiere of Vimy Underground, airing November 6 at 8
p.m. ET/PT, viewers explore "The Souterrain", and get a unique, personal view
of what Canadian soldiers experienced immediately before they stepped into one
of the most pivotal battles of World War One. Sheltering in this cavern, forty
feet below ground as they prepared to meet the enemy, many of them carved
names and messages into the limestone walls. With the help of Elaine Quigley,
a forensic graphologist who often works with Scotland Yard, we discover who
many of these soldiers were. And we join Alec Ambler, now in his 80s, on the
trip of a lifetime: what he discovers under the battlefield of Vimy connects
him to a father he never fully knew till now.
    On Wednesday, November 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, the broadcast premiere of Last
Soldier tells the story of John Babcock - the last surviving Canadian veteran
of the First World War. As the last witness to the events surrounding the War,
Mr. Babcock shares his memories and feelings of that uncertain time.
    On November 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, the broadcast premiere of Bloody Normandy,
tells the story of one of the greatest military campaigns in history through
the eyes of the men who were there. In one chapter, Canadian veteran Bill
Bettridge returns to the village of Mouen for the first time in over 60 years
to pay tribute to seven men from his unit who were murdered in cold blood by
the Nazi SS in July 1944.
    On Thursday, November 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the broadcast premiere of Bloody
Victory revisits the Canadian Army after the successful battle of Normandy. At
this time, the soldiers were given a new mission: advance up the French,
Belgian and Dutch coasts that are defended by Nazi troops, and secure
strategic ports vital to supplying the allied war machine. Now, sixty-five
years later, Canadian veterans return to the battlefields where they fought
and won the battle for Northwest Europe.
    A Week of Remembrance also features many other documentaries and programs
including Vimy Ridge: Heaven to Hell, airing November 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT,
Black Watch: Massacre at Verrieres Ridge, airing November 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT,
Bloody Italy, airing Friday, November 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and Turning Points:
D-Day on Juno Beach, airing November 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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