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Archivists’ Corner: The Road to Paris

The Story

It starts with omens in the sky: Allied bombers thick in the air over London, giving rise to rumours of an impending Allied invasion of France. On June 6, 1944, the rumours come true, and the Allies begin pushing the Germans back through occupied France. CBC war correspondents are with the army units, filing reports that this CBC Radio documentary strings together to relate the push through Bayeux, Carpiquet, Caen and Falaise. Their goal: the liberation of Paris.

Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio Special: The Road to Paris
Broadcast date: Aug. 25, 1944
Reporters: Earl Cameron, A.E. Powley, Matthew Halton, George Hicks, Bill Herbert, Wright Bryan
Duration: 24:14

Did You know?

• When the Allies reached Paris, Matthew Halton was the second Canadian to enter the city, behind Captain Colin McDougall. Listen to Halton's report from that day on the liberation of the city. "We were all kings for the day," Halton says again and again.

• Matthew Halton was a CBC reporter, but others heard in this documentary worked for other broadcasters. Wright Bryan, who was aboard a transport plane for airborne troops, was a reporter for Combined Allied Networks. George Hicks was an American reporter for NBC. Bill Herbert, who had been a CBC reporter, joined the Canadian army in 1943 and continued reporting during the war.


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