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The Bugle and the Passing Bell

Fifty years ago, CBC Radio devoted 17 hours to the voices and stories of the men who fought in World War One. This summer, to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the war, documentary producer Steve Wadhams and host Beza Seife bring those voices and stories back to life.

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Episode 10 Pushing on to victory

By August 1918 the end was in sight; only 100 more days before the armistice. When news came through to the soldiers many found it hard to believe and nobody wanted to be the last man to die.

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Episode 9 Turning the tide

In the spring of 1918 a huge German push led to an order for allied troops to fight to the last man. The Germans were forced to retreat and now for the first time in years Canadian soldiers sang as they went up to the front lines.

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Episode 8 Highs and lows; Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele

At Vimy Ridge in April 1917 Canadian losses were enormous but Vimy was a victory and one of the high points of Canada's involvement in the war. Six months later, in the mud and slaughter of Passchendaele morale would be at an all time low.

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Episode 7 The war in the air

At the start of WW1 planes were seen as irrelevant and were despised by the generals; "If I want to see where the enemy is" said Canada's Minister of Militia, "I'll climb a tree". It wouldn't be long before thousands of flimsy warplanes were in the sky.

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Episode 6 Stalemate and slaughter; the battle of the Somme

The battle of the Somme was the most destructive single battle of the first world war. In the end, when it all bogged down into a stalemate, there was nothing much to show for it but the losses on both sides were enormous, a million casualties and a qua

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Episode 5 Siege warfare and Newfoundland's day of the dead

July 1st is a day of celebration in Canada but in Newfoundland it's a day to remember the dead of Beaumont Hamel, where on July 1st 1916 on the first day of the battle of the Somme a Newfoundland regiment was virtually wiped out.

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Episode 4 A world of stealth

In WW1 there were very few quick advances or dashing cavalry charges; the machine gun and barbed wire slowed everything down and combat often became an eerie and deadly cat and mouse game fought in a maze of trenches.

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Episode 3; "Baptism of fire"

In 1915 at Ypres when Canadian troops took their place in the trenches, they soon found themselves facing an unknown and terrifying new weapon - deadly chlorine gas that came rolling over no man's land into their trenches.

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Episode 2 "The great expedition"

Canada's first volunteers had a rough journey to war; filthy troophips, four months of training in England in rainsoaked tents and ankle deep mud. By January 1915 they were in France in makeshift trenches and taking their first casualties.

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Episode 1; "Canada answers the call"

Canada's volunteer soldiers describe why they signed up, how they were trained and how they felt as they boarded ships with their guns and horses to fight the army of the German Kaiser.

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