Georges P. Vanier's CBC Radio Broadcast on the Liberation of Buchenwald
(National Archives of Canada/PA-2777)
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Governor-General of Canada
Georges P. Vanier (1888 - 1967)
Canada's first French-Canadian
Mr. Vanier was a founding member of the "Vandoos" and served overseas as an officer in World War I. During a battle in 1918, his right leg was shattered by an artillery shell and had to be amputated. He was awarded the Military Cross for bravery.
Refusing to let this disability
stand in his way, Mr. Vanier embarked upon a public service career and
in 1944 he was named Ambassador to France. When Hitler's troops stormed
France during World War II, Mr. Vanier and his family narrowly escaped
from the German army by making their way to safety in England on a fishing