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McKenna, Brian 1945-

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Most widely held works by Brian McKenna
War of 1812 a 4-part documentary series ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
War of 1812 is a four-part documentary series that brings to life an extraordinary, but not well understood conflict that decided the fate of North America, confirmed the creation of Canada, and annihilated for all time the dream of an independent Native nation
Drapeau by Brian McKenna( Book )
7 editions published between 1881 and 1981 in English and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Valour and the horror by Terence K McKenna( Visual )
10 editions published between 1992 and 2008 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Closely scrutinizes three military campaigns that involved thousands of Canadians--the defense of Hong Kong, the allied invasion of Normandy, and the massive aerial bombardment of Germany. In each film Canadian veterans return to their respective fields of battle, vividly relive their experiences and meet with the people they once fought against. Dramatic segments, based on true stories tell what occurred behind-the-scenes. The result is an insightful, emotional and sometimes shocking account of the terrible price Canadian soldiers and airmen paid in the march toward an allied victory. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired
Sitting Bull ( Visual )
6 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in French and English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In the years following the U.S. Civil War, a hard-fought Sioux resistance to western expansion, led by warrior and healer Sitting Bull, seemed to have accomplished the impossible: a treaty in which the United States gave the Sioux control of their territory for all time. The life and legacy of Sitting Bull, the remarkable Native leader that the U.S government regarded as a stubborn and dangerous obstacle
The Black Hawk war ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
While an immense statue of Black Hawk overlooks the Mississippi river today near the homeland of the Sauk and Fox nations, his descendants were forced to move from their original lands to the Indian Territory of Oklahoma. As the Sauk of today relate, the violent conflict that finally erupted around Black Hawk in the spring of 1832 spelled the end of Sauk resistance to removal and nearly decimated their people
The Great War ( Visual )
3 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Scarcely more than a British colony, with a population of less than eight million, between 1914-1918 Canada mobilized 590,000 citizens for war, sending 325,000 overseas to fight. In epic battle re-enactments, the two-part series The Great War brings to life the five major Canadian battles of the war: St. Julien, Beaumont-Hamel, Courcelette, Vimy and Passchendaele. This docudrama would never have happened without the participation of 150 descendants. As with real war, these young volunteers lived the hardships of a British training camp. They travelled to the great battlefields of Northern France and Belgium where their ancestors fought. Follow the poignant stories of ancestors, gleaned from journals written in battle, as well as letters to and from those they loved: Talbot Mercer Papineau (Justin Trudeau), one of Canada's first Rhodes scholars who died a hero at Passchendaele; Chaplain Canon Scott (Michael Rudder) who had to bury his own son killed in battle; Ernest Lamarche (Maxime Cournoyer) who fought with the Van Doos, the only French-speaking regiment in the British army
Jean Drapeau by Susan Purcell( Book )
5 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in French and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pas une véritable biographie, mais une synthèse - la première - sur le cheminement du maire de Montréal, depuis son enfance jusqu'à la période post-olympique. Les auteurs, deux journalistes anglophones, ont concentré leur étude sur les relations de pouvoir entre Jean Drapeau et d'autres personnages politiques, ce qui les a fatalement amenés à négliger une dimension esssentielle: la spécificité montréalaise de l'homme. Un livre fort intéressant, certes, mais qui demeure " ... au niveau d'un bon documentaire". Pas de table de matières
Pierre Elliott Trudeau, memoirs Pierre Elliott Trudeau, mémoires ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Documents one of the most striking, well-spoken, and controversial leaders in Canadian history. Through hours of archival footage and interviews with Trudeau himself, it details the story of a man who used intelligence and charisma to bring together a country that was very nearly torn apart
Savage Christmas: Hong Kong 1941 ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The controversial series critiquing Canada's contribution during the Second World War. This episode documents the unnecessary sacrifice of Canadian lives in Japanese prison camps. Combines archival footage with interviews and re-enactments to describe the defense of Hong Kong
So awful a night ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Antiwar sentiment in the United States had been strong since 1812, especially in the New England states, dependent on trade with Britain and Canada, now forbidden. By 1814, New England was threatening to secede. 1813 brought the American forces no victories, but in 1814, the tide seemed to turn. At the battle of Chippewa, American forces fought like regulars, and the British broke and fled. At Lundy's Lane, however, both sides fought to a standstill, with great losses, and the Americans withdrew again
When I meet my doom ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Recreates the events leading to the War of 1812, and the first battles of the war. The war was declared by the United States against Great Britain, the prize to be Canada, and control of North America. The planning and strategy of General Isaac Brock, and his alliance with the Shawnee chief, Tecumseh, brought about the capture of Fort Mackinac, the defeat of General Hull at Detroit, and victory in the battle at Queenston Heights, the battle in which Brock was killed
The Rocket's red glare ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The British war with Napoleon has been won, and 10,000 of Britain's best soldiers are sailing for North America. A British army invades the United States heading straight for the Capitol. The Secretary of War bungles the defense of Washington, leaving the British free to torch the Capitol building and the White House. The United States recovers and fights a brilliant defense of the strategic port of Baltimore; an event that gives birth to the Star-Spangled Banner. After the British are defeated in what should have been a sure victory at Lake Champlain and Plattsburgh, it becomes obvious that both sides are weary of war. With Britain eager for a truce and the United States almost bankrupt the two countries sign the Treaty of Ghent in 1814. Their treaty ends all hope of a First Nationals territory; however, the news of peace does not arrive in time to stop the catastrophic battle at New Orleans
Death by Moonlight: Bomber Command ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1992 and 2009 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This feature-length documentary focuses on the Canadian pilots who served in the air force bomber command in Britain during World War II. From the outset, it was clear to Britain that air combat would be the key factor in the battle against Hitler's Germany. Told they would be targeting factories and military targets, the airmen were actually ordered to drop their payloads on civilians in an attempt to annihilate the enemy. Using interviews, re-enactments, old footage and photographs, Brian McKenna's film depicts the war from the perspective of the pilots
Or leave our bones upon them ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Covers the events of the war through October 1813. Focuses on the role of Tecumseh, the Shawnee chief who brought native tribes from as far south as Georgia to fight for the British, and the leadership and tactics of General William Henry Harrison, later President of the United States. Recreates the battle of Raisin River, the siege of Fort Meigs, Ohio, and the naval battle of Lake Erie, when Americans won control of the lake. In the later battle on the Thames River, Tecumseh is killed, mourned and respected by all sides
In Desperate Battle: Normandy 1944 ( Visual )
4 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
On June 6th, 1944, a combined force of American, British and Canadian troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. The Allied invasion of occupied France was a turning point in the war against Hitler's Germany. From a tactical view, Canada's role was limited; strategically, it was pivotal. Canada's infantry and armoured regiments were thrown against Germany's elite troops and tank divisions. The price they paid was enormous. During that fateful summer, men untrained for combat were sent to battle, and men unfit for command were left in charge. At the front, Canada's best reporters--sworn into the army for reasons of security--were prevented from telling the true story
The Pontiac rebellion ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Portrays the successful rebellion led by Ottawa chief (and French supporter) Pontiac, which forced the British to reverse their policies toward the Ottawas and, through the Royal Proclamation of 1763, create a vast Indian sovereign territory
Chiefs ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Profiles five great leaders, warriors and diplomats of the First Nations of North America, offering an alternative, previously overlooked, history of Canada and the USA. Blends documentary with historical re-enactments and interviews with their descendants
Pierre Elliott Trudeau memoirs ( Visual )
10 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in French and English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The memoirs of Canada's 15th Prime Minister follows Trudeau from early childhood and the decades of his apprenticeship for power through his reshaping of Canadian foreign policy, especially Canada's role in NATO, the October Crisis and his imposition of the War Measures Act, his battles for bilingualism and his concept of a "just society". It also looks at his personal and political relationships, espeically those with his family and with Renè Lèvesque
Big sugar ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Big Sugar is a two-hour documentary that pierces the hidden history and modern power of the sugar cartels. It explores how Big Sugar worked eight million African slaves to death to create an international empire of wealth, power and staggering political influence. Today, its payola-sweetened scientists and politicians deny Big Sugar is behind another form of sugar slavery: the soaring consumption of pop and sugar junk food, which has created a worldwide obesity crisis."--Galafilm website
Korea the unfinished war ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"This film documents a war where neither side was victorious, a struggle that came very close to thermonuclear war, and that still resonates in the geopolitical machinations between East and West ... combines archival footage, first person accounts with soldiers and civilians on both sides, and direct quotes from Truman, MacArthur, Mao and Stalin, clearly showing their roles in the conflict."--Container
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Alternative Names
MacKenna, Brian 1945-
Mc Kenna, Brian 1945-
McKenna, Brian Francis
English (85)
French (13)