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Why was conscription introduced in World War 2?


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2008-05-11 10:24:28
2008-05-11 10:24:28

Actually almost every nation on earth that had a significant military was drafting prior to World War II. Even in the USA volunteers were insufficient - even after Pearl Harbor - to fill the ranks. The draft had been around about a year already so the USA just geared it up a notch. The drafts in all major powers were increased during the war in order to build up their respective militaries as quickly as possible and to replace losses. In what country? This board is read by an International audience, so be more specific, please. And for the person who answered above................Canada's overseas military forces, during WW2, were ALL volunteers, not draftees. Those that had to be forced into serving, by being drafted, stayed in Canada, as a home defense force. Those who went overseas called them "Zombies".


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The main reason that conscription was introduced in World War 2 was mostly because of how many soldiers died in WW2. Also, people realized that Hitler was committing mass genocide. The seven million innocent Jewish people that Hitler killed, were more than enough to silence those who disagreed with conscription.

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Conscription hadn't been successful in WWI anfter 2 refurendums. Soldiers also weren't enlisting for WWII because of how WWI turned out: a lot of people died, and it wasn't the type of heroic war everyone had anticipated. Since there was not a healthy supply of soldiers in the hat, conscription was Australia's only chance. Although it was a highly debated topic, in the end winning the war won against losing it due to a lack of men.

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Conscription was introduced thanks to the Labor Government under Prime Minister John Curtin. Technically, Australia didn't have conscription. All troops for overseas theatres were volunteers. The troops fighting in Papua New Guinea were militia, who were conscripted, but were not supposed to fight overseas. Since PNG was under Australian control a point was stretched and militia were sent there, since the AIF was in North Africa.

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