History honours Canadian soldiers

The network has lined up a week of programming to mark Remembrance Day.

Programming for ‘A Week of Remembrance,’ from Nov. 5-11 on History Television, will feature the world broadcast premieres of six one-hour documentaries. First up is 1917: The Missing, which is about the discovery of two soldiers’ bodies from the First World War and the international investigation to determine their identities – a first for the use of DNA evidence in this context. It will air Nov. 5 at 8 pm ET/PT.

Airing on Nov. 5 at 9 pm ET/PT, Bravo Company Kandahar follows the troops of Bravo Company for 19 days, giving viewers an authentic portrayal of life for modern Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan.

On Nov. 6 at 8 pm ET/PT, Vimy Underground lets viewers explore ‘The Souterrain,’ the 40-foot underground cavern Canadian soldiers waited in before engaging in one of the most pivotal battles of the First World War.

Last Soldier, which airs Nov. 7 at 8pm ET/PT, tells the story of John Babcock, the last surviving Canadian veteran of the First World War, as he shares personal memories about his battle experiences.

On Nov. 8 at 8 pm ET/PT, Bloody Normandy tells the story of the battle of Normandy through the eyes of men who were there, including Canadian veteran Bill Bettridge, as they return to the battlefields where they fought. Immediately following, at 9 pm ET/PT, Bloody Victory looks at the mission of securing strategic ports for the Allies, which was assigned to the Canadian army.

Other offerings for ‘A Week of Remembrance’ include Vimy Ridge: Heaven to Hell (pictured), an encore presentation set for Nov. 7 at 8:30-10:00 pm ET/PT; Black Watch: Massacre at Verrieres Ridge, airing Nov. 9 from 8-9 pm ET/PT; Bloody Italy, Nov. 9 from 9-10 pm ET/PT; and Turning Points: D-Day on Juno Beach, airing Nov. 10 from 8-9 pm ET/PT.