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World War, 1939-1945--Mobilization
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H.F.G. Letson interview

CALL NUMBER: T0248:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps - cadet, officer, and C.O., 1914-1936 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-08-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: General H.F.G. Letson (born 1896) discusses his family background. High school cadets. Formation of COTC, WWI. President Wesbrook. 196th Battalion. Overseas in France and at Vimy Ridge. Returns to UBC in 1918. Disbandment. Views on anti-miltary feeling on campus. TRACK 2: B.C. Regiment 1920s. Co-operation of militia with COTC. Becomes Commanding Officer of COTC. Gallipoli lectures. Musketry. "My foreign legion". Philosophy of COTC. Personal feelings. Interest in history.;

CALL NUMBER: T0248:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps - cadet, officer, and C.O., 1914-1936 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-08-13 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: General H.F.G. Letson discusses incidents in 1919 of student opposition. 1941 military attacks in Washington. 1942 Assistant General in charge of recruitment. Problems of recruitment WWII. Story by Sam Hughes. Explanation of WWII policy of dividing Canadian army. TRACK 2: General McNaughton and autonomy issue. Post-WWII committee for militia policy. Views on disbandment of Canadian Officers' Training Corps. Views on integration. Support of COTC.;

Gordon Shrum interview : [Specht & Mackenzie, 1973]

CALL NUMBER: T0243:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC, 1928-1946 PERIOD COVERED: 1914-1946 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Gordon M. Shrum discusses his family background and education. Admiration for University of Toronto professors. Joins the Canadian Officers' Training Corps (COTC) at the University of Toronto. Enlistment as a gunner. World War I experiences at Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele and earns military medal at Mons. TRACK 2: Attitude to WWI and military. Completes education and moves to UBC. Origins of COTC UBC in 1928 and reasons for joining. Dr. H. Logan, Dean Brock supporters. Position of President Klinck. Student opposition. Building of armoury. Decision to waive pay. Acquires Emily Carr paintings for Officers' Mess. Comparison of COTC training with military colleges. COTC facilities at UBC.;

CALL NUMBER: T0243:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC, 1928-1946 PERIOD COVERED: 1914-1946 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-02 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gordon Shrum discusses the COTC facilities on and off the UBC campus 1929-1940. Staff Sgt. Smith. Decision to waive pay. Duties as Captain in COTC. Inspector Gen. Griesback. Anti-war movement; 1934. Morale. Training program. Comparison of Col. Logan and Col. Letson. Dr. Shrum becomes Commanding Officer in 1937. Importance of discipline. TRACK 2: Effect of international developments. Government policy re: COTC during wartime. Wartime expansion of COTC. Getting materials to build armoury. Faculty attitudes. Student attitudes. UNTD. UATP. Summer Camps.;

CALL NUMBER: T0243:0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC, 1928-1946 PERIOD COVERED: 1914-1946 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-05 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Gordon Shrum discusses COTC Training program for WWII. Faculty and students' attitudes to COTC. Dean Finlayson. President Klinck. Chancellor McKechnie and Hamber. Committee for Military Affairs. COTC officer staff WWII. President N. MacKenzie supports military units. COTC contribution to war effort. COTC standards. TRACK 2: Opinions on value of officer training to individual. Brief discussion of some wartime military and political leaders. Position on Selection Board COTC. Annual Reports. Administration.;

Arthur Lord interview

CALL NUMBER: T0246:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Canadian Officers' Training Corps UBC - WWI and WWII RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-25 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Arthur Lord was born in 1897 and discusses his family background. High school cadets. Canadian Officers' Training Corps (COTC). Western Universities Battalion. Camp Hughes. England. Vimy Ridge. TRACK 2: Vimy campaign. Wounded. Attitude to WWI. President Wesbrook. Campus life. COTC disbanded 1919. Graduation. UBC Senate from 1924. Re-establishment of COTC in 1928.;

CALL NUMBER: T0246:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Arthur Lord : Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC - WWI and WWII, 1915-1945 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-06-04 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Arthur Lord discusses international affairs in the 1930s. Joining the COTC. Training and duties. Importance of discipline. Officers' Mess. Qualities of a good officer. TRACK 2: WWI and WWII students compared. Value of military training on campus.;

Hal Wilson interview

CALL NUMBER: T3218:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978 SUMMARY: Hal Wilson discusses: growing up in England; how he got interested in aviation; joining the Royal Air Service; being demobilized after the war; coming to Canada; refreshing his pilot's license so he could work with Eve brothers; starting in Victoria on the Lansdowne field; starting to instruct in 1928; differences in opinion between himself and Eve; description of a plane accident at Port Townsend; coming to work in Vancouver in 1929 with the Aero Club of B.C.- became an instructor for them; training procedures for pilots at this time; Pacific National Exhibition and Aero Club story; process of teaching people to fly -- he was interested in quality of pilots, not quantity; search-and-rescue operations; women in air school; trouble with planes when he was instructing; flying backwards; the Dobbins brothers and Dominion Airways; Harold Walker's crash; crashes always affected the airplane business badly; with Aero Club for 10 years; in 1939, he was sent to Dauphin, Manitoba for war effort;.; CALL NUMBER: T3218:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1978 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Hal Wilson discusses: end of war; training program in Dauphin -- what recruits were taught; his first solo flight; why a fire wall was put on the cowlings; partridge shooting anecdote; did not fly up the coast too much; B.C. Airlines; the air show -- aerobatics, tricks; Ginger Coote. TRACK 2: Hal Wilson discusses: Ginger Coote (cont'd); difficulty in convincing people that air transportation was a good idea; some pilots used to fly and drink; flight regulations in 1928-29, no real regulations until 1932; suspended license procedure; advent of radio in airplanes; how the Vancouver-Victoria-Seattle service came into being; story about flying the Bishop of Hong Kong; did not always fly with a mechanic; no competition between TCA and Canadian Pacific Air; he always enjoyed flying. (End of interview);

Geoffrey Riddehough interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Geoffrey Riddehough : Canadian Officers' Training Corps, UBC, 1928-1945 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973-07-20 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Dr. Geoffrey Riddehough was born in 1900 and discusses his education at UBC in the early 1920s. Fairview Campus. Sir Henry Newbolt affair. Interest in military training. Joined the Canadian Officers' Training Corps 1928-1929. Discussion of article in Defence Quarterly 1931. TRACK 2: International affairs 1930. French military 1932. Poor morale in France. Military intelligence 1939. Importance of security. COTC UBC WWII. Instructor in arms. Training camps. British army tradition.

For all we have and are

Amateur film. A propaganda film, made in the early days of the Second World War. Opening with footage of a giant Empire Youth Rally at Brockton Point Oval, the film illustrates Canadian democratic values, institutions and ideals which are now threatened by fascism and war -- farming, industry, the home and family, education, racial tolerance, elections, and religious freedom. Also includes footage of First World War memorials in Vancouver and Victoria, cemeteries, Remembrance Day ceremonies and parades, and veterans. Canada's contribution to the war effort is shown through shots of recruiting stations, marching recruits, military parades, warships, etc. One lengthy sequence uses model airplanes, dramatizations, stock shots, photographs, and footage of local civil defence drills to simulate the impact of aerial attacks on British cities during the Blitz (including civilian casualties and damaged or burning buildings).

[Wartime parade, Vancouver]

Amateur film. "The footage . . . shows a parade, mounted in the early days of World War II, marching down Granville Street, shot from a window high up in the original Eaton's building. All the while a Union Jack flutters back and forth across the window. Scenes include a float with a world globe and Union Jack, soldiers marching, clowns with batons, floats with soldiers and a plane, a fighter plane, and various trucks, marching men, soldiers and bands. At the end there is a shot of Granville Street and pedestrians from street level." (Colin Browne)

Toketie makes another cruise summer 1940

Amateur film. Coastal people, places and scenery between Vancouver Island and the mainland. Includes footage of Indian villages, pictographs, birds and wildlife, logging operations, other vessels, etc. One sequence shows a Kelly raft of aviation spruce being broken up; another shows logs being unloaded from the log barge "Monongahela" (formerly the ship "Balasore", whose figurehead is shown sitting on shore). The B.C. Packers cannery at Quathiaski Cove is shown. Troops arrive at Nanaimo from Vancouver on the "Princess Victoria" and parade through the streets.

Dinner for Miss Creeden

The item is an Industrial film on colour print made in 1947. It is a film about the growth of B.C. Electric from 1906 to 1946, built around the story of stenographer Flossie Creeden, the first female office employee of the company. Footage includes: Goldstream power plant, Vancouver natural gas facilities, BC Electric Railway lines in Fraser Valley, Stave Falls generator plant, Alouette Lake and Ruskin plants, 1939 royal visit, BCE employee's newsletter, A.E. Grauer family at home, office scenes, plans & construction at Bridge River project, BCE employee's service in World Wars I & II and BCE streetcar and trolley bus services.

[Prince Rupert - Skeena area, ca. 1941]

Footage. A large column of soldiers, led by a pipe band, parades through Prince Rupert to the courthouse. Travelling shots of the harbour and waterfront. At Prince Rupert dockyard, the fishing boats "Rupert 44" and "Rupert 34" are prepared and launched. The gillnet fishing fleet is shown leaving the harbour, with a larger boat or tug towing a long string of smaller craft. Views of Claxton cannery and village, including buildings, docks, and mending of nets. Gillnetting scenes, plus unloading and weighing of catch. Fishing boats at dock, Prince Rupert. The fishing boat "Departure Bay" approaches, and crew unloads catch into conveyor at cannery. Interior footage of cannery operations, including the canning line, workers (including many women) butchering and cleaning salmon, filling the cans, labelling and boxing of cans, etc. A group of Japanese-Canadian adults is shown waiting at the dock, and engaged in a snowball fight. Views of a large coastal community (unidentified) from a ship or dock. Townspeople and children taking part in holiday sporting events, footraces, etc.