Churchill's Island and 'Bush's Island'

  • Robert Christopher Nellis


CHURCHILL'S ISLAND AND REFLECTIONS UPON 'BUSH'S ISLAND' AND THE 'WAR ON TERROR' In those fateful autumn days of 1940 when none knew what terror the skies might hold, there appeared from end to end of Britain the strangest fighting force the world has ever seen, an army of citizens, self-organized, self-disciplined. Their armament? Hoses, stirrup pumps, sand bags, brooms, and buckets. Their purpose, to save their town, their city, their community from the fate of Rotterdam and Warsaw. (Legg, 1941) These words are part of the narration from a classic Wartime documentary film, a propaganda film if you will, called Churchill's Island (Legg, 1941). It is not a British film as one may imagine, but is, in fact, an early effort of the National Film Board of Canada, an example of one of its Wartime 'patriotic' (National Film Board of Canada, 2003) films. Churchill's Island was successful...