In Honor of Remembrance Day - TSN presents 'The Photogaph'


Mowich
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ENGRAVED ON A NATION: WAR-TORN HISTORY OF '42 GREY CUP PLAYERS

SHANE MCNEIL, TSN.CA STAFF


A mission to reconstruct the history of the most heroic team to ever win the Grey Cup began with just one photograph.

Twenty-six men jubilantly celebrate winning the top prize in Canadian football. Every one of them in uniform: some the battle gear of the Royal Canadian Air Force Hurricanes football club, the others in the formal attire of the Air Force itself.

The photograph was taken in the wake of the Hurricanes' 8-5 victory in the 1942 Grey Cup over the Winnipeg Air Force Bombers, a jubilant end to a Canadian Football League season contested amongst non-civilians.

The Western Interprovincial Football Union and Interprovincial Rugby Football Union had shut down for the year with most of the players having enlisted for World War II, but in the interest of national morale enlisted men competed for the Grey Cup.

Shortly after the photograph was taken, 15 members of the team would be shipped overseas to combat the Nazi terror. Of those 15, seven would not return.

One that remained in Canada, however, was Jake Gaudaur.

From this photograph Gemini Award-winning filmmaker Manfred Becker sought to piece together a history that Gaudaur who would serve as CFL Commissioner from 1968 to 1984 - would not even speak to his own family about.

The result of that search was "The Photograph" the sixth installment in TSN's Engraved on a Nation documentary series.

"In a way the film became a detective story," Becker said. "We knew all the men had died, so there were no survivors. Those who went overseas and died had no offspring so we spent considerable amounts of time searching for family members."

What Becker found from the descendants of the victorious Hurricanes was a silence similar to that experienced by the Gaudaur family.
"As we went around talking to the offspring of other players and talked about the times they grew up in and there was very little said about the war years," Becker said.

"I found it amazing. Here are the winners, the guys that should be proudest of what happened and there was hardly a word spoken about the war years.

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Engraved on a Nation: War-torn history of '42 Grey Cup players



 
In Between Man
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Informative! Thanks for posting!
 
karrie
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I caught their program last week about the plane crash in '56. It was very moving. I might just have to make time to catch this one too.
 
Mowich
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Quote: Originally Posted by karrieView Post

I caught their program last week about the plane crash in '56. It was very moving. I might just have to make time to catch this one too.

Well worth the watch, Karrie. I've watched all of the docs so far and learned so much I went to the Library and borrowed "The 100th Grey Cups' by Stephen Brunt, so I could learn even more. The history of the Grey Cup and the CFL is also a history of our country and how we have evolved in the 100 years since the first Cup was played.

Quote: Originally Posted by MowichView Post

Well worth the watch, Karrie. I've watched all of the docs so far and learned so much I went to the Library and borrowed "The 100th Grey Cups' by Stephen Brunt, so I could learn even more. The history of the Grey Cup and the CFL is also a history of our country and how we have evolved in the 100 years since the first Cup was played.



Meant to add that TSN and TSN2 replay Engraved on a Nation often so your chances of catching it this week are good. In addition, CTV airs the series.

 
Mowich
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I am watching The Photograph right now. CTV broadcast it directly following Remembrance Day ceremonies and just before the CFL Eastern semi-final followed by the Western semi-final, get underway.

Watching it a second time, I suddenly recalled that my Dad had gone back East to train as an RCAF pilot and might very well have been around at the time. I can well understand the sister's search for answers to their Dad's history. Jake Gaudar gave so much to the CFL and to see this part of his past revealed only increases the respect I have for him and for the contributions he made to our league. Gaia bless him.

My Dad rarely spoke of his time in the RCAF. I know far more about my Great Uncle Emmet's military service. Listening to the daughters, I am struck once again by the gap in my knowledge concerning an important time in my Dad's life.


 

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