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RCRM Speakers Series is a new program launched by The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum. The goal of the program is to engage with patrons by means of academic research across the country. Scholars of history or history buffs, well-known authors or museum curators were invited for a talk of their choice. For the inaugural year, two anniversaries are in focus: 120 years since the Battle of Paardeberg, during the South African War and the 75th anniversary from the end of the Second World War. The talks are intended as a monthly public event throughout 2020, recorded live in view of producing this podcast. Guest-speakers accompany their talks with images, moving or still; voice over is added to clarify the use of support material as necessary. When it is possible, the Q&As at the end of the presentation are included.
The COVID-19 pandemic was declared only two weeks before the third event, which forced us into a different approach. The third event of the series is cancelled, but the program continues in April 2020 as an audiovisual production streamed on the museum YouTube channel. Until the quarantine is revoked, 2020 Speakers Series remains an on-line event.
Program Director Mark Vogelsang from Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology recorded the public events and continues to do so until we complete the 2020 Speakers Series podcast.

RCRM Speakers Series Podcast The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum, Mark Vogelsang, Georgiana Stanciu, Jonathan Vance

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RCRM Speakers Series is a new program launched by The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum. The goal of the program is to engage with patrons by means of academic research across the country. Scholars of history or history buffs, well-known authors or museum curators were invited for a talk of their choice. For the inaugural year, two anniversaries are in focus: 120 years since the Battle of Paardeberg, during the South African War and the 75th anniversary from the end of the Second World War. The talks are intended as a monthly public event throughout 2020, recorded live in view of producing this podcast. Guest-speakers accompany their talks with images, moving or still; voice over is added to clarify the use of support material as necessary. When it is possible, the Q&As at the end of the presentation are included.
The COVID-19 pandemic was declared only two weeks before the third event, which forced us into a different approach. The third event of the series is cancelled, but the program continues in April 2020 as an audiovisual production streamed on the museum YouTube channel. Until the quarantine is revoked, 2020 Speakers Series remains an on-line event.
Program Director Mark Vogelsang from Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology recorded the public events and continues to do so until we complete the 2020 Speakers Series podcast.

    Eagles over Husky: The Allied Air Forces and the Sicilian Campaign, 14 May to 17 August 1943

    Eagles over Husky: The Allied Air Forces and the Sicilian Campaign, 14 May to 17 August 1943

    During the 6 years of the Second World War, the Allied planned and conducted many operations, on land, in the air and at sea. Many of these operations continue to make news front page even today, others tend to be forgotten or overshadowed by the course of subsequent events, as is the case of Operation Husky. This episode of the RCRM Speakers Series will provide an informative account not only on the the Army's landing in Sicily, but mostly on how the Air Force supported this operation.

    • 48 min
    Canadian Protestant Rhetoric and the War in South Africa

    Canadian Protestant Rhetoric and the War in South Africa

    After the Battle of Paardeberg (18-27 Feb 1900), a Canadian Methodist preacher said "Not the greed of conquest, but native valour, the struggle for civilization, and the love of Motherland were in the fire in their souls that day." Professor Gordon Heath added this quote to today’s title which also reads "Canadian Protestant Rhetoric and the War in South Africa." Heath will examine how the churches wrote and preached about the imperial cause in South Africa, following the general argument of his book, "A War with a Silver Lining" (published in 2009). This conflict may be forgotten today, but as Professor Heath will reveal, 120 years ago it was making front page in the news. In the following years, up to the 1920s, Paardeberg Day on 27 Feb was the designated day for Canadians to honour Veterans and remember sacrifices.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Steve McQueen on a Motorbike: The Great Escape and Popular Culture

    Steve McQueen on a Motorbike: The Great Escape and Popular Culture

    A compelling testimonial on fiction versus reality in movie industry and popular culture using the real story of RAF men escaping the POW Stalag Luft III during the Second World War and John Sturges' movie The Great Escape.

    • 52 min

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