• I recently found out that a former member of the Film & Photo Unit had passed away on May 5, 2014.

    Dave King was a driver for the Public Relations Group during WWII.

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  • To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of D Day and the Normandy Invasion, I have posted a video excerpt of an interview with Sgt. Chuck Ross, former Combat Cameraman of the Canadian Army Film Unit. Shot at his home in Edmonton, Alberta, March 8th, 2007.

    On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of D-Day, Chuck shared these recollections with the crowd at the Edmonton Legislature in June 2005...

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    BONUS: FIRST MATERIAL FROM FRANCE...CLICK HERE


  • Every now and then I am surprised by emails I receive from visitors to the Film & Photo website.

    The most welcome are those from family members of the men and women who made up the ranks of the Canadian Army Film & Photo Unit.

    In this case I was contacted by Bruce McCaughey, the son of Sgt. Hugh McCaughey, a combat cameraman with the Canadian Film & Photo Unit, during WWII.

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  • Canadians are invited to take part in the National Day of Honour on May 9. The Government of Canada has set aside this day to mark the end of our country’s military mission in Afghanistan. A national ceremony on Parliament Hill will pay tribute to the fallen, the sacrifices of the wounded, and the special burden borne by families. Canadians will be invited to honour the legacy of these heroes with a national moment of silence.

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  • Since launching the Canadian Film & Photo Unit website, I have received many emails from individulas seeking more information about the men and women that made up the Unit. However, I have never received an email like the one I received from Laurent, back in February, 2014.

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  • The power of the Canadian Army Newsreel is best exemplified in this account of a families search for the whereabouts of their father during World War II...

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  • Born on May 9, 1919 in Fort William (Thunder Bay), Ontario, to William Clifford Chadderton and Gladys Muriel (Blackburn) Chadderton, Cliff Chadderton was raised in Winnipeg...

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  • Sgt. Andrew Graham Campbell of the Canadian Film & Photo UnitGraham was born in Montreal in 1917 and moved with family to Toronto in 1931. After finishing schooling, he began working in 1936 as an apprentice in the Art Department of Rapid Grip and Batten, a large engraving house in Toronto.

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    PHOTO: Sgt. "Cam" Campbell posing with military medals outside the German Chancellery - Credit: 'The Way We Were by Ken Bell - University of Toronto Press 1988 - ISBN 0-8020-3990-1


  • Gunner Brian O'Regan


  • Gunner Brian O'Regan of No. 3 Public Relations Group with two Russian soldiers during the linkup of Russian and American armies at Torgau, Germany, 27 April 1945. / Credit: Capt. Frank L. Dubervill / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-136330

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  • It is with great sadness that I write of the passing of a great friend and WWII veteran, Norman C. Quick on Saturday, September 14th, 2013. Norman Clarence Quick, C.S.C., aged 92 was a combat cameraman with the Canadian Film & Photo Unit during WWII.
    Sergeant Norman C. Quick of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit, Ortona, Italy, 6 February 1944.  Credit: Lieut. Dwight E. Dolan / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-140095

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  • I have posted a series of photographs I took of the Ottawa Remembrance Day parade.

    The weather was cool but pleasant with what has to be one of the largest turnouts for the ceremony. I had just received my new Nikon D5100, and with my 18-200mm lens I was anxious to take pictures. Click on the photo to the left, or the link below to see a selection of pictures I shot of the Remembrance Day parade here in Ottawa.

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  • Group photo of 'A' Section, Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit, 2 C.I.D. Left to right: Sgts. W.R. 'Bud' Sherwood and L.G. Clarke, Capt, G. Ken Bell, Pte. E.A. Shirreffs, Sgt. N.C. Quick and Pte. G. A. Playford at Canadian Headquarters.To celebrate this years Remembrance Day 2012, I have posted a list of the names of the combat cameramen, both cine and stills from the Canadian Film and Photo Unit 1941-1946 .

    PHOTO (courtesy Norman Quick): Group photo of 'A' Section, Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit, 2 C.I.D. Left to right: Sgts. W.R. 'Bud' Sherwood and L.G. Clarke, Capt, G. Ken Bell, Pte. E.A. Shirreffs, Sgt. N.C. Quick and Pte. G. A. Playford at Canadian Headquarters.Credit: CREDIT: Ken Bell (Attr.)/Library and Archives Canada/DND/PA-137041.

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  • NOV2012

    The women of the CFPU.

    By Dale Gervais


  • Private Nadine Manning of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit processing strips of censored film at Merton Park Studios, London, England, 19 December 1944.Also, I will be posting a short article about the women that served with the Canadian Film and Photo Unit 1941-1946. The Unit relied heavily on the CWAC team to help edit, catalogue, and archive the films that made up the Canadian Army Newsreels. Read more...

    PHOTO: Private Nadine Manning of the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit processing strips of censored film at Merton Park Studios, London, England, 19 December 1944. Credit: Capt. Jack H. Smith / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-152111


    Sgt. Karen Hermiston, CWAC, with Speed Graphic Camera from WWIILittle is known about the role the CWAC played within the Unit, and even less is known about the lone female combat photographer that served with the Canadian Film and Photo Unit during WWII. Recently, the Library and Archives made available a selection of colour photographs shot during WWII, and I will be sharing those taken of Sgt. Karen Hermiston, of the CFPU. Read more...

    PHOTO: Sgt. Karen Hermiston, CWAC, with Speed Graphic Camera from WWII. Copyright belongs to the Crown ; Credit: Canada. Department of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / ecopy.

  • MAR 032012

    Sgt. Alan Grayston and Sgt. Jack Stollery

    In recent years I have dedicated myself to telling the stories of Canada's men and women in uniform during the wars of the 20th Century. I've always been interested in war-related history. But the older I get the more significant the world wars and Canada's role in them, are for me.

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  • MAY 162011

    War Amps Newsreels DVD set

    The Canadian Army Newsreels, produced by the War Amps Society in 2010 with assistance from original members of the Canadian Army Film & Photo Unit and Library and Archives Canada, are a series of 106 separate original newsreels capturing Canada's involvement in World War Two.

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  • NOV. 102010

     

  • Chuck Ross and Norman Quick pose with disc set

    Sgt. Chuck Ross, and Sgt. Norman Quick, C.S.C., reunite to celebrate the release of the Canadian Army Newsreels. The six-disc DVD set was produced by the War Amps of Canada, and is released for the first time ever to the general public.

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  • MAY 16 2010

     

  • Chuck Ross 2006

    EDMONTON - It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of a great friend and Canadian Film Pioneer, Charles (Chuck) Ross. Chuck passed away peacefully May 16, 2010 at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. Chuck is survived by his loving wife Verna, and son James.

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  • MARCH 27 2010

     

  • Combat Camera veteran Chuck Ross poses with Joan Hutton, president, CSC, along with WO Carole Morisette, and Sgt. Bruno Turcotte.

    CFPU veteran entrusts Award to DPALC

    By Lieutenant Ronald Alvarado
    OTTAWA - The Canadian Society of Cinematography (CSC) presented the CSC COMBAT CAMERA AWARD, a special achievement award to the Canadian Army Film and Photo Unit (CFPU) during its annual awards banquet held in Toronto on March 27th. Sergeant (Ret) Charles "Chuck" Ross, one of only seven remaining members of the Unit, accepted the award accompanied by two members of the current Combat Camera team based in Ottawa.

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