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For King & Empire

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For King and Empire is a documentary series, hosted by military historian Norm Chrisite, that tells the stories of ordinary Canadians who fought extraordinary battles during the First World War. Six episodes represent a turning point in the Great War: Ypres, the Somme, Vimy, Passchendaele, the Battles of the Last Hundred Days, and the Legacy of the War. By depicting walking tours of each battleground, For King and Empire explores the significance of the battle and what was at risk, the initial strategies and what actually transpired.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I cannot say enough about this absolutely wonderful, awe inspiring, moving historical Triumph! The story of young Canadians in WWI, then and where they lay now is very emotional and prideful. I am very thankful to Mr Christie and all involved in this essential work. It inspires me to visit these sites someday myself, with new eyes as to the horrors of that war in particular. This is a stunning achievement not to be missed! It should be mandatory in every Canadian school from here on out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For King and Empire March 4 2009
I would highly recommend this for anyone interested in the Canadian effort during the First World War. This series will take you on a tremendously engaging and respectful tour of the events and regions that resulted in the deaths of over 65,000 Canadian volunteers - from their facing down the first gas attacks at St. Julien to the re-capture of the city of Mons at the war's end. This is bound to instill an intense pride in their actions and great sadness in their sacrifice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Canadians in WWI Dec 1 2009
Outstanding piece of work topped off with excellent narration. Norm Christie's knowledge is amazing and he brings the stories of these real Canadians right into your living room. Viewing this series should be made mandatory for all Canadian (and British!) students and not just on November 11th. I could spend lines expounding why this is a must buy, but it is not necessary. The price is a bargain for what you get and you will certainly not be disappointed on its coverage. In fact, I guarantee that after you watch the ~270 minutes you will wish there were 270 more. I am glad DVDs "wear well" because these are ones that you will watch more than once. Well done Norm!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good documentory Feb. 5 2009
All I can say. It is well done. We can see the historic Image & the report you as today on that site. Good memories for Canada!
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5.0 out of 5 stars For King and Empire Nov. 22 2010
By rosie
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Previously seen on commercial TV and now I can watch it without interruption. Love it. I had visited most of the sites in video.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steadfast Canadians on the Western Front July 21 2011
A focused portrayal of one aspect of the First World War - the Canadians at war - which contributes to understanding the whole. Grippingly intense without cheap thrills. Patriotic and proud without being jingoistic. Firmly realistic, straightforwardly informative and yet inspiring portrayal of Canadian soldiers in battle on the Western Front of the First World War. The accurate title, "For King and Empire", anchors this documentary with unfashionabe, unabashed honesty. The even-toned narration by historian Norm Christie complements this story of heroic steadfastness and dedication in the face of death. It reminded me of my old high school teacher as he sparingly mentioned some his horrific experiences as a young Canadian soldier on the Western Front. Like my old teacher, Mr. Christie personalizes the cost by describing the cemeteries and some of the individuals there who paid the price of battle with their lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars timeless histroical documentary.
As a military enthusiast and amateur historian, I have always enjoyed this series by Norm Christie, both in book form as well as these movie documentaries. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Allan H. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars LONG OVERDUE - Canada in WW1
Canada lost more soldiers in World War 1 than in WW2, a surprising fact unknown to most Canadians. Nearly all of these military deaths occurred along a150 km stretch of... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Frank "the man"
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
This is a wonderful series. It is well researched and it is beautifully presented. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning about Canada's role in the Great War.
Published 15 months ago by D. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Canada in Europe WW1
the making of a great young army, battle autonomy at Vimy Ridge, the great bloodbath on the Somme with wholly incompetent British highcommand and a touching look at the huge cost... Read more
Published 18 months ago by John Tatley
4.0 out of 5 stars A must see for all Canadians
In my opinion, this series should be viewed by all Canadians, regardless of if you're a fan of history or not. Read more
Published 21 months ago by M. Fournier
4.0 out of 5 stars Good historical documentary of Canadian role in WWI
Good historical knowledge, good combination of archival information with filming of battle sits in the present day. Read more
Published 21 months ago by David Christopherson
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