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That Time a Canadian City Pretended to be Invaded by Nazis

That Time a Canadian City Pretended to be Invaded by Nazis

By Gilles Messier

On a cold February morning in 1942, the residents of the Canadian city of Winnipeg, Manitoba awoke to discover that their worst nightmare had come true. It began at 6:30 AM as air raid sirens wailed and streetlights blinked out as a blackout rolled across the city. “If Day” was the brainchild of Manitoba Victory Loan Committee members Henry E. Sellers, John Perrin, and George Waight. Waight, an actor, is thought to have first proposed the idea of reenacting a Nazi takeover of the city. It is estimated that by the end of the war, Victory Loan sales had helped to offset nearly 12 of $22 billion in Government wartime expenditures.