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Tango0119 Jun 2019 9:40 p.m. PST

"…At 5:30 a.m. on a cold winter morning, while the city was still cloaked in darkness, it began. Fake Nazis commandeered a radio station and began broadcasting, while enemy troops assembled on the west side of the city.

Participating in the charade were 3,500 Canadian Army members, making it the largest military exercise in Winnipeg. It included 300 veterans of the First World War and a number of reserve and civilian groups.

The Nazi troops were volunteers wearing uniforms rented from Hollywood, with painted sabre scars on their faces to make them look even more vicious!…"
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Interesting Scenario!…

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Frederick Supporting Member of TMP20 Jun 2019 5:31 a.m. PST

Having lived there, if the Nazis had invaded Winnipeg they would have had a nasty time indeed!

Steelkilt20 Jun 2019 5:38 a.m. PST

As an undergraduate student in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I heard that among the wreckage of destroyed German U-boats were found ticket stubs from a cinema in German-speaking Lunenburg, NS. Even if true, that probably doesn't count as an invasion…

Tango0120 Jun 2019 11:38 a.m. PST

(smile)


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Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2019 5:50 a.m. PST

What a brilliant find. It is well worth seeing the stills and the 90 secs of newsreel film. These Nazis seemed very enthusiastic and may have got a bit carried away in their role playing. It looks a bit like something from "Dad's Army", a British TV legend that I am sure did not, or really could not have, crossed the Pond.


They got the weeping Czech woman wrong. She was a Sudeten German and weeping with joy…

Starfury Rider21 Jun 2019 6:28 a.m. PST

Saw the same story on another forum a little while ago. The below is the link to the Winnipeg free press article on the anniversary (probably the same pics and films looking at the two pages).

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I did ask there if the air support was furnished by the Blue Bombers but no one got the joke…

I seem to recall that Dad's Army did get a US version, but no, it didn't travel well across the Atlantic and wasn't on very long. Weren't both MASH and Dad's Army on air longer than the war they were set in?

Gary

Tango0121 Jun 2019 12:07 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my good friend!.


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Armand

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2019 2:46 p.m. PST

OK I do admit the whole thing does just slightly ignore how these unpleasant German airborne chaps did extend the range of their Ju 52s to cross the Atlantic Ocean….and against all opposition. Bit like that Royal Navy thing……our chaps did it in 1940.

The answer of course is so easily missed . The chain of islands leading up to Iceland. Remember the status of Denmark at an early stage of the war. Churchill did actually step in….and to be fair, no one but FDR could have been more supportive.

Dad's Army. Yes, this is a TV series replayed every single day…all episodes…on many more than just Sky….in the UK

You have no idea, if you are USA. My 24 year lads know almost every single quote, from every single episode….


Indeed……"You could drive a battery of nine pounders through that that" is now a pejorative term about a lass around North Yorkshire pubs these days. It makes you proud

It was Britain, maybe no, it was South East England, in 1940 and we are still so proud, even if I still have an Irish passport.


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