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Documented details of war-torn souls and gut-wrenching re-caps of some of the fiercest battles ever known to man are being spilled by St. Albert veterans who are part of a new documentary called Paratroopers, The Canadian Story. Some of the local heroes who helped avert the Nazis in World War II and who fought communist forces in the “forgotten" Korean War, joined forces with St. Albert director/producer Dixon Christie and St. Albert producer/veteran Bill Dickson, to depict a detailed recount of seven decades of men who leaped out of planes into battle — some lived and some died...
Paratroopers document blood-drenched war
Phillip Woolgar – All Voices – allvoices.com
Published: June 2009
Documented details of war-torn souls and gut-wrenching re-caps of some of the fiercest battles ever known to man are being spilled by St. Albert veterans who are part of a new documentary called Paratroopers, The Canadian Story. Some of the local heroes who helped avert the Nazis in World War II and who fought communist forces in the “forgotten" Korean War, joined forces with St. Albert director/producer Dixon Christie and St. Albert producer/veteran Bill Dickson, to depict a detailed recount of seven decades of men who leaped out of planes into battle — some lived and some died. Paratroopers is a tale of the Canadian survivors. “Yes I have regrets,” said former paratrooper and St. Albert resident Philip Ainley, who went over with the first battalion to fight in Normandy during World War II. “Battle was noisy, especially in France. We had a lot of incoming fire. We kept advancing, back a bit, up a bit.” The force moved through small towns, pumping bullets into various enemy troops. “Lots of lads bought it,” Ainley recalled. “It was pretty rough-going and we lost a lot of guys.” Ainley made a sacrifice for his country. “I think it was mostly a sacrifice for my mother,” he explained. “I’m her only son, and some way or another, a mother with an only son, the worries that they experience are more severe.” Ainley, who served in WWII from July 1944 to November 1945, survived without a scar in France, and then later in Korea. “I was lucky,” he pointed out. “But I had a few close calls. There was not a wound on me. I almost didn’t deserve to go unscratched.” Ainley enlisted in 1940 with the Victoria Rifles of Canada. “I was underage but they released me,” Ainley described. “We were in Halifax when they asked for members. Much to my surprise, I was accepted.” The training that followed had Ainley on his hands and knees by the end of the day. “I thought I was in reasonably good shape,” he noted. “After the first stage of four stages, I had to crawl to bed.” After Normandy, Ainley fought in the Korean War with the armoured core before retiring in 1983. “I enjoyed doing my duty,” he said. “It’s nothing I’d recommend, but you have a duty to perform to your country, to your sovereign.” “I believe the service made a man out of me,” he went on. “It taught me to think and know what is right. Now I try to treat people the way I’d like to be treated, to think about other people and not to be criticizing all the time.” Aside from the bone-crushing battles that left men bloodied and dying on the beaches of Normandy and the jungles of Korea, Ainley said there was the politics of war playing out in the troops’ minds. But it’s best not to think about that. “Our political masters decreed that war would be a good thing to do,” Ainley explained. “The object of a soldier is to get the job done. His whole purpose is to support his current. Politics doesn’t affect you one bit. You can talk about it all you want, but in the end it’s about staying alive.” WWII and the Korean War are just a couple of the clashes that veterans have helped win over seven decades. Ainley’s and other veteran-recounts will be covered by Christie’s estimated $500,000 movie production. “Our biggest concern is accurately detailing the history of Canadian Paratroopers; it’s a great scope,” Christie said of the production that is scheduled to be shot from November 2008 too November 2009, in time for Remembrance Day. While interviewing war heroes in British Columbia, a veteran gave Christie a ring and said he wants it to go to him — the man who is telling the story. “That was such an amazing honour,” Christie described. “Each man’s experience is unique;” he continued, “each man’s ability to remember is unique. Men on D-Day were dropped into total darkness, while many of the planes were being shot at. Each man that came out of the plane could have landed in totally different places.” Generally, the veterans don’t have a problem remembering war, he added, but each man’s story is different and leads to additional details that need to be included in the documentary. The production team will use over 100 veteran interviews, archive footage, photos, graphics, animation and re-enactments to convey the stories of the individuals who survived the many conflicts over the decades. “The core underlying philosophy is, ‘What is the future of Canadian paratroopers?’” Christie explained. The film intends to describe the evolution of the paratrooping role in Canadian war, from the beginning during the first drop in Normandy on D-Day in 1944 all the way to present-day Afghanistan. Christie teamed up with his new film partner, Dickson, after a mutual friend put them in contact. “We realized that there was no one telling the story of the Canadian paratroopers,” Dickson explained. “When we pitched this film, we said that the years left to tell this story are limited, because the men who fought are dying.” Also, the 65th Memorial Ceremony of D-Day at the Airborne Monument in Siffleur Falls, Alta., coming this June 5 and 6, is one of the last events that the veterans will be able to attend.
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