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How was Canada affected by World War 2?

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2015-07-16 19:28:12

Canada was affected in so many ways be ww2. First of all it was

the first war that they entered upon there own choice. Because of

the Statute of Westminister in 1931 Canada had a choice onweither

or not to join Britain. Canadian governent waited a weak and then

delcared war as a sign of there independence. Many Canadian were

killed in ww2 in the battle of Diepp. Approx 5000 Canadians landed

at Dieppe 900 were killed 1000 wounded and 1900 taken prisoner.

Only 2200 made ther way back to England. On the home front many

Canadians did not support the war and did not agree with

conscription ( government forced military service) Also when Canada

declared war on Japan many Japanese Canadians were descriminated

against and forced to labour camps to avoid contact with Japan.

They were disciminated against wiether they were born in Japan or

in Canada.

WW-II had a significant impact on every country even remotely

involved in WW-II, and although Canada was never attacked, the war

absolutely had an enormous impact on Canada. Although the country

certainly had an industrial base, it was still a mostly

agricultural country prior to entering the war. As the previous

answer indicated, when England declared war on Germany, Canada did

in fact wait a few days prior to announcing its own declaration.

This was done as a symbolic indication of the country`s independent

foreign policy, although it was virtually a foregone conclusion

Canada would follow Britain`s lead and indeed had begun call-ups a

couple of days prior to Britain`s declaration. Virtually overnight,

the country began a transformation from a mostly agrarian society,

to one of the world`s top industrial powers. Along the way, it

became a world leader in several areas of technology,including

medicines and medical research, optics, communications- including

radar-metallurgy, synthetic rubbers and other materials, and much

more. Of a total population of around 11-million during the war

years, over 1-million served in uniform. Canada contributed vast

numbers of light and heavy weapons, a wide variety of military

vehicle types, armoured and transport, artillery, fighters and

bombers, and a variety of fighting and cargo ships. The country

also set up the worlds biggest aircrew training programme along

with clothing material uniforms and kit, and such semi-related

items like a vast amount of food and resources etc etc all of which

combined to make a major -indeed vital-- contribution to victory.

Post-war, there was an economic slump as society went through a

turmoil trying to employ the thousands of returning soldiers, in

turn replacing the thousands of women who had found a new

independance and place in society as industrial workers. When the

Korea War erupted, Canada again answered the call. The soldiers,

airmen and mariners all distinguished themselves once again

although Canadian society generally was weary of war. In the 50`s

and 60`s the baby boom created a massive birthrate (as was the case

elsewhere in the western world) and immigration from wartorn Europe

increased. The baby boom, and immigration, created a healthy

economy as first the housing market heated up and then vehicles and

general consumer goods. As the baby boomers now begin to approach

retirement, the economy is changing yet again..anyway the subject

is HUGE but undeniably WW-II is a direct cause of a number of

significant changes and events. Any number of doctoral theses have

been written on the subject but perhaps this sketch will be of some

slight use.<

A little before the attack on Pearl Harbour Britain feared the

inevitable for their colony of Hong Kong and wished to keep this

strategic area for as long as possible so they asked Canada for

assistance. Canada sent 2 battalions and 1 brigade. Many Canadian

heros were made in that battle. After the Bombing of Pearl many

other targets of Japanese interests were invaded including Hong

Kong. All Canadian were killed or captured and by the end of the

war only 1428 of the defenders returned home. Outraged by the

invasion Canada entered the pacific war.

Canada was greatly effected by world war 2. just ask any

Japanese Canadian withing 100 miles of the coast of bc, or any

Japanese Canadian infact. bc's government viewed the Japanese

candians as a threat and they shipped them tho detention camps in

the interior of bc, or to southern Alberta (beat surgar farms) the

gov sold all their property, houses businesses land ect. all of

their rights were stipped from them as well. in 1949 they regained

their rights as citizens and in 1988 all Japanese canadians who

were discriminated against were given 21 000 bux.

-women's rights were enhanced - they effectively ran the

factories while the men wwere away - helped to unite the country -

men from all over the country were brought together- ended the

great depression - boosted the economy - Canada had the biggest

merchant marine navy in the world by the end of the war

You should read Jeffrey A. Keshen' Saints, Sinners, and

Soldiers. It is very in-depth and informative. I, as an American,

thought I would not care about such history. But, in fact, I found

it more interesting than the United State's experience through out

the war.


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