A special Remembrance film and book tour is touring select locations in Canada this fall to help reclaim lost history of Canadians in World War Two. Its final performance will be in Montreal on Tuesday November 10th the day before Remembrance Day, at 7pm at CineStarz Cote-des-Neiges. The Montreal show caps a six-city tour that began in Whitehorse on Oct 27 and went to Vancouver, Kingston, Belleville and Toronto.
Filmmaker Max Fraser and author Mark Zuehlke – aka “The Remembrance Brothers” – are bringing Mark’s new book and Max’s new documentary directly to audiences. Both the film and the book are about Operation Husky, the 1943 invasion of Sicily, and the emotional 70th anniversary pilgrimage that took place in July 2013. Montreal businessman Steve Gregory founded Operation Husky 2013; he also is president of Canada Company, Quebec, and is helping organize the Nov.10 event.
Filmmaker Fraser is the son of a WW2 veteran who served in Sicily and Italy, a largely-forgotten campaign where Canadian soldiers waged their first major battles. Fraser’s new one-hour documentary is called “Bond of Strangers – The Operation Husky Story.” It follows ten Canadians who literally went the distance for remembrance, walking 300k over 20 days in Sicily in 2013 on the 70th anniversary of the invasion. Each day they planted markers to honour the 562 fallen as shown in the photo above.
Award-winning author Mark Zuehlke was a key part of Operation Husky 2013, serving as trip historian while walking as a member of the group along the path taken by the Canadian Army in WW2. In his first-person account, “Through Blood and Sweat, A Remembrance Trek Across Sicily’s World War Two Battlegrounds,” Zuehlke uses the arduous and poignant task as a focal point for a contemplative look at the culture of remembrance and the experience of war. Zuehlke’s Canadian Battle Series is published by Douglas & McIntyre.