Canadians go the distance for remembrance in the land where the liberation of Europe began. An emotional 20-day pilgrimage along the route of the Canadian Army in Sicily in WW2.

“Bond of Strangers – The Operation Husky Story” is a 54-minute documentary film that follows ten intrepid trekkers on their 20-day act of extreme remembrance, discovering the special bonds that form among them and with the local people who remember the liberation of 1943.

“Bond of Strangers – The OpHusky Digital Experience” is this interactive website that extends the TV experience to a day-by-day journey through Sicily, from 1943 and 2013. Scroll through history and find a rich experience at every one of the 62 stops: text, photos, videos, maps and extended interviews offer a deeper understanding of OpHusky.

Documentary producer Max Fraser, right, and his father, the late James T. Fraser, at a reunion of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment in Belleville, Ontario. Max’s dad won the Military Cross for valour during the Italian Campaign.

About the Filmmaker

Max Fraser is an independent filmmaker based in Whitehorse, Yukon. He has visited many of the Canadian battlefields and cemeteries of Europe.

The son of a WW2 veteran who landed on “the first D-Day” – in Sicily, 10 July 1943, Max wanted to help reclaim lost history by making a documentary about this crucial campaign of the Canadian Armed Forces that so many seem to know so little about. Operation Husky 2013 became the occasion to make that film.


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About the Author

Award-winning Canadian author Mark Zuehlke helped write Bond of Strangers – The OpHusky Digital Experience.

Mark wrote Operation Husky – The Canadian Invasion of Sicily, July 10-August 7, 1943 in 2008, one of the early volumes in his Canadian Battle Series, a crucial resource in planning the 2013 events. Mark subsequently wrote “Through Blood and Sweat – A Remembrance Trek Across Sicily’s World War II Battlegrounds.”


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