CFINTCOM contributes to documentary as part of an educational initiative

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Canadian Forces Intelligence Command (CFINTCOM) was asked to share their expertise in the area of topographic mapping in an upcoming Ottawa Company documentary ensuring CAF accuracy.

Ottawa’s Sound Venture Productions, in partnership with the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, unveiled a 10-minute preview of Drawn to Victory documentary during a ceremony held at the Canadian War Museum late November.

Drawn to Victory is the first installment of A Nation Soars, a three-part educational initiative commemorating Canada’s Great War Flyers. This 60-minute documentary will reveal how allied advancements in methodology and technology during the First World War led to the development of more accurate topographic maps using aerial photography. Many of these skills that were developed throughout the course of the First World War later paved the way for Canada to become a modern day world leader in cartography and geomatics.

“This really is an exceptional story to tell because the pace of Canadian and Allied mapping innovation during the First World War is unmatched during any other historical period,” said Major-General Paul Wynnyk, commander CFINTCOM. “This is yet another achievement by our veterans of past generations that Canadians can learn and take pride in.”

Mapping and Charting Establishment (MCE), a unit within Canadian Forces Intelligence Group, that provides geospatial information and geomatics support to the Defence Team and other government departments, was perfectly suited to support the production’s request for a subject matter expert. Warrant Officer Terry Warner, a geomatics technician and MCE unit historian, was identified and made an immediate impact to this production on behalf of CFINTCOM and the CAF.

Speaking to questions of military development and employment of maps, WO Warner is one of five experts featured in the documentary. Imagery from within MCE is used throughout the documentary.

“It was such a pleasure to participate in the production,” said WO Warner. “Within the Canadian Armed Forces, no ship sails, no aircraft flies, and not a single soldier crosses the line of departure without a map or data that has been produced by the Mapping and Charting Establishment.”

CFINTCOM provides defence intelligence capabilities, products and services to the DND/CAF, Government of Canada, and allies in support of Canada’s national security objectives.

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Factoids for an infographic: 

  • At the commencement of the First World War, Allied mapping consisted of one British officer and one clerk with out-dated maps from the 1880s, growing to almost 5000 Allied members who produced more than 32 million maps by the end of the war. 
  • No ship sails, no aircraft flies, and no soldier crosses the line of departure without a map.
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