Saturday, November 17, 2007

Valour and the Honour

I missed the notice on this one, but on November 2 Brian McKenna received the Pierre Berton Award for his contributions to Canadian history from Governor General Michaelle Jean at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

Brian and his Montreal-based colleagues have made successful documentaries on Pierre Trudeau, the First World War, the War of 1812 and much else. But he's mostly famous for his searing, critical and very controversial WW2 doc The Valour and the Horror. That's the one against which veterans' organizations, Senators, and far too many Canadian historians ran a campaign of vilification and tried to remove from circulation -- with the usual craven compliance from the CBC.

Good for McKenna. Good for the History Society. 'Course, 8 out 10 Canadian military historians probably spewed hot coffee out their mouths when they read the news. But Pierre would have liked this one.
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