Was there a Canadian military prior to World War 2?
Yes, there was some form of Canadian Army prior to the Confederation of Canada in 1867.
Canada sent 600,000 men to fight in the First World War and the Canadians earned a reputation as expert troops, who stood their ground. The Canadian Army in the First World War was respected for their professional ability.
In 1939, as the Second World war began, Canada once again, rallied to the cause , to prevent German domination of the world.