Canadian Propaganda: Sights and Sounds of World War II

Posted on Feb 3, 2015

When it comes to World War II propaganda, the now-pervasive “Keep Calm and Carry On” British posters or Nazis Germany’s insidious use of newsreels have famous (and infamous) associations. But Canada had its own approaches to propaganda during the war. And yes, some of the posters featured combat beavers (seriously).

Using colourful, dramatic, and immediate narratives, the messages were designed to rally public support at home and honour the sacrifices of the troops overseas. Artists and advertising specialists — like the character of Tom Cummings (Dustin Milligan) in the CBC’s new spy drama X Company — used the mechanics of persuasion to inspire acts of courage.

We see that kind influence in these posters and video clip, as they give a glimpse of wartime life in Canada during World War II.

Canadian Media Fund