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Friday Roundup: News, Archives, and Useful Links on the Study of War and Society – November 09th 2012

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The Friday Roundup is a weekly feature that offers a look at news, archive, and worthwhile links around the web on the study of War and Society. With Remembrance Day being observed this coming Sunday, the Friday Roundup has complied a tribute to Remembrance Day with sites sharing stories and commemoration.

Research

Commonwealth Graves Commission

The CWGC has worked to create and take care of thousands of cemeteries around the world of fallen Commonwealth soldiers from the two World Wars. The site offers visitors the opportunity to locate the graves of relatives or of soldier’s who are of interests to them.  The CWGC also offers classroom resources as well as histories of the major campaigns fought by Commonwealth soldiers. If you’re looking to visit the site of a relative or just simply want to learn a little bit of background history before visiting one of the CWGC cemeteries than this site is definitely worth visiting.

 

News- Remembrance Day Special 

Remembrance Day often spawns dozens of news articles highlighting the ceremonies and retelling the stories of Canada’s veterans. Here is a collection of interesting news articles that shed a light on how Remembrance Day is being observed this year as well as some quirky and interesting stories of Veterans experiences during Canada’s years at war.

Remembrance Day Services in the Kitchener Waterloo Area

Pressed Flanders Poppy Found in First World War Bible

More Canadians Plan to Attend Remembrance Day Ceremonies 

Hamilton Vets Share Their Experiences with School Children

Drawing Cartoons Helped Canadian Vet Get Through His Experience As a PoW 

 

General Interests 

Grief’s Geography: An Interactive Google Map of Toronto’s Great War Dead

The Canadian Great War Project and Global Toronto have created a very fascinating map that marks the residences of fallen soldiers from the Great War or their next of kin. What the map shows is that young men from every part of the city and the surrounding villages joined up with the Canadian Expeditionary Force to serve in Europe. While it may be a little creepy, it does allow for people to connect with history in a new way.

 

 

Documentary

War Story Series 

A new series that is being aired on the History network highlights the personal stories of veterans from traditionally neglected events, such as the bombing campaigns which this linked episode covers. The series does not offer an opinion on the larger campaigns itself but instead simply focuses in on the personal experience of the veterans. Definitely worth watching.

 



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