Secret War: The Odyssey of the Suffield Volunteers

Release date:

2001

Running time:

46 minutes

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Available on VHS

Closed Captioned:

Yes

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Available in Canada

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Secret War: The Odyssey of the Suffield Volunteers is the story of four Canadian soldiers-four of more than two thousand-who between 1941 and 1945 volunteered to be `human guinea pigs', testing deadly mustard gas at a military camp in Suffield, Alberta.

This chilling story about the suffering Canadian soldiers endured so Canada could be prepared for a gas attack, takes us beyond the initial testing and injuries. Most of the men suffered symptoms from mild to severe in the immediate post-war period. Initially, the government denied the fact that they had even been stationed at Suffield. However, the wall of silence began to crumble in the early 1990s when, under pressure from the public and some veterans, the government slowly began to respond to their demands for acknowledgement.

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