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Artists aid war effort by romanticizing combat

They called it "The Great War" and "The War to End All Wars" – though of course it didn't. When hostilities erupted in Europe in 1914, Canadians rushed to Britain's side. But the cost was terrible: more than 60,000 were killed, 172,000 wounded. There are no more Canadian combat veterans alive to recall the horrors of the First World War, but their voices and memories live on in the archives of the CBC. Lest we forget, here are some of their stories.

Authors and poets help the propaganda war by romanticizing the trench warfare and even the tragedy at Gallipoli.
Medium: Radio
Program: IDEAS
Broadcast Date: Feb. 21, 1979
Host: Russ Germain
Reporter: Peter Buitenhuis
Duration: 4:25
Excerpt from Gallipoli by John Masefield.
Credit: W.I. Castle / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-000568

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