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An award winning multi-platform history content producer; highlighting exciting, important and awesome stories from the past!

The History Factor James Ellis

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An award winning multi-platform history content producer; highlighting exciting, important and awesome stories from the past!

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    Top 5 Moments Canadians kicked ass on the battlefield

    Top 5 Moments Canadians kicked ass on the battlefield

    To celebrate Canada's 150th I've selected the top 5 moments Canadians kicked ass on the battlefield.

    • 2 min
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    History Factor Video: Boer War

    History Factor Video: Boer War

    James explores the Boer War, Canada’s first overseas conflict. He also outlines how the conflict inspired the creation of modern Special Forces: first used by the British to take on the Nazi’s in the Second World War. As Canada’s first foreign war, the Boer War gave birth to an important legacy of international military service. Canadian soldiers have served with distinction in the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War and subsequent Peacekeeping missions around the world.

    • 6 min
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    History Factor Video: WW1 and the modern tank

    History Factor Video: WW1 and the modern tank

    James visits the Base Borden Military Museum in Ontario, Canada: home to one of the last surviving examples of the world’s first modern tank. He explores how the challenge of overcoming static trench warfare during the First World War led to the creation of the tank, and highlights the important role tanks played in winning the war for the Allies in 1918.

    • 3 min
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    History Factor Video: The Battle of Monte Cassino

    History Factor Video: The Battle of Monte Cassino

    James teams up with Second World War Polish history aficionado Simon Rees to explore the battle of Monte Cassino. Together they investigate the story of the Polish II Corps under General Anders and its part in the bloody battle fought over 70 years ago. It’s an epic story of survival, bravery and victory, but one that is also tempered by a sense of betrayal. Instead of gaining freedom and democracy, the Western Allies allow post-war Poland to slide into Stalin’s iron grip.

    For their work on the video, For their work on the video, James and Simon were awarded Canadian Ethnic Media Association Awards for Best Internet Video in 2015.

    • 8 min
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    History Factor Video: Jewish Partisan during WWII

    History Factor Video: Jewish Partisan during WWII

    In the first video, James profiles the extraordinary story of Norman Shneidman, holocaust survivor and Jewish partisan who fought behind enemy lines following the Germany invasion of the Soviet Union during the Second World War. Later he joined the Red Army, participating in the final destruction of Hitler's Third Reich.

    • 8 min

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Thoughtful historical discussion

Well-researched, balanced discussion-format podcast that goes into some depth on historical episodes or issues.

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Waited for something like this for a while!

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