Canada in WW2

Questions regarding Canada's participation in World War 2, in both the European and Pacific theaters of the war.

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How many people were killed in World War 2?

Estimates range from about 50-70 million killed in World War 2. The Wikipedia article "World War II Casualties" favours the relatively high figure of 72 million. Of these, 61 million were on the Allied side and 11 million were on the Axis side. The article gives a figure of 23 million dead for the Soviet Union and 20 million for China. These figures of course include civilian dead. (Note that the figure for China was recently revised sharply upwards from earlier estimates of about 11 million).

For Germany the overall total is given as just under 7.4 million.

When scholarly sources differ on the number of deaths in a country, a range of war losses is given, in order to inform readers that the death toll is uncertain or disputed. One also needs to know whether the statistics, especially for civilian dead, include deaths from war-related famine and disease.

Please see the related links for details. During world war II over 60 million people were killed 5,341 million jillion

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What were the major consequences of World War 2?

After the massive number of casualties inflicted and the physical ravaging of the nations, the biggest consequence of WW2 was the Soviet Union's occupation of eastern Europe, which allowed the forceful spread of Communism and set the stage for the Cold War, which consumed the next half-century. 21 million were left homeless in Europe. Empires such as Great Britain and France fell. The US emerged dominant as it had funded WW2 and led reconstruction. There was no all-inclusive peace settlement, but there were lots of separate treaties. Russia could not decide about the future of Germany and Austria. Nuclear weapons played a major development of the Cold War. The massive scientific research and engineering projects conducted in the United States, Germany, and Japan had a lasting effect on the way technological advancements are developed. The Manhattan Project was the most dramatic example, but throughout the war, basic scientific research played an increasing role in technological development. Also the introduction of the GI Bill accelerated the spread of college education in the American population, and from there through the rest of the world.

In short, here are the seven major consequences of World War II:

1: The End of the European Age.

2: The rise of the US to superpower status.

3: The expansion of the Soviet Union and its rise to superpower status.

4: The emergence of the Cold War.

5. The beginning of the nuclear age.

6: The rise of nationalism and independence movements in Asia and Africa.

7: A renewed effort to secure lasting peace through international organizations (such as the United Nations).

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Can someone else drive your car?

  • Yes, if they have a licence, also they have to be insured on your car. Or they have to have a special insurance so you can drive others car. Hope I helped even though i dont drive.
  • In the UK - if you have a valid policy of comprehensive motor insurance on your own own motor vehicle you will often be insured to drive third party in another person's vehicle, Clearly you would need the consent of the other vehicle owner and you should check your own policy of motor insurance. To see the different types of motor insurance policy in the UK - notably the difference between comprehensive and third party see the link entitled - "Car accident Insurance".
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Is blitzkrieg used in war today?

Blitzkrieg offensive method is still used a lot today because it is effective and allows for the military force to use surprise against their enemy. See related link below. On that site go to the link "shock and awe" down at the bottom of it.

More importantly, note that "blitzkrieg" was not a German invention. It merely is an implementation of the theories of mobile armored warfare developed by Liddle Hart and Fuller and in the 1920s and 1930s. The theory has been modified over the past 100 years, but the basic precepts are still valid. Today, we refer to strategy similar to blitzkrieg as "combined arms tactics" or sometimes "mobile warfare".

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What alliance did Canada belong to during World War 2?

The Allies, they delcared war on Germany on the 10 September 1939

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What was the pros and cons of doing island hopping strategy in World War 2 Why didn't you just go straight for Tokyo?

island hopping allowed the US to establish a base of operations for our planes. once we controlled the local skies, we could establish safe harbors, supply depots for the ships, refueling centers, and local hospitals.

You must remember that the Pacific Fleet had been damaged at Pearl Harbor on 12/7/41 so running straight to Tokyo was not an option. (Although in early 1942 Colonel Dolittle made a daring raid on Tokyo with a squadron of B-17 aircraft ) So, ships were dear, and planes could not make it that far during this time.

Island hopping became the safest way to penetrate enemy territory, take it back into the hands of the Allies, and continue to work our way towards the Japanese homeland.

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How did World War 2 affect the homefront economy in Canada?

It sent Canada into a new economic cycle. Since weapons and mitilia were needed overseas, factories needed to hire more workers.

It helped to make the economy stronger knowing that we helped in the wars and are able to keep the economy together.

IN 1939, Canada was a mainly agricultural country with over 60 percent of the population living in rural towns or on farms. The industrial sector was concentrated in Quebec and Ontario, and most exports were raw materials from the forests, and mines.

The need to clothe, feed and equip the Canadian armed forces required a complete overhaul of Canadian manufacturing plants and processes. Many smaller towns became regional centers of manufacturing, based on what was needed by the military. Railway lines that were all ready in existence were designated as places that factories would be built beside.

With so many men going into the service, women were ecouraged to go to work in "war factories" where they learned completely new skills and got paid well, too. Soon things were operating around the clock, with three shifts, six days a week. Kids were brought to work, and care centres at the plant were normal. Teen agers were allowed to go to full time work at age 14, to supplement the work force.

Building of new military bases, as well as air fields, and ship yards, brought the need for more lumber, steel, and asphalt, and concrete supplies, as well as construction equipment. Making a simple thing like a naval life jacket produced many small companies in small towns. Sone of them are still in business.

Food production was increased, and so was the out put of home gardens. People were encouraged to grow their own vegetables.

Production of consumer goods stopped, and the factories were conveted to war production. For example, Inglis Appliances, in Toronto made Bren Machine Guns, and Sten sub Machine guns, and General Electric made search lights and radar for ships. Canadian Steel Car in Hamilton switched from making freight cars , to making fighter planes. General Motors in Oshawa, made over ONE MILLION trucks in WW2.

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What was Canada's main contribution to World War 2?

I don't know much. I do know that Canada gave out many handy supplies. Canada had a strong air force and good pilots. Also, they were the only ones to achieve all their objectives on D-Day and it was the Canadians who liberated Holland. Canadians also helped medically with the Red Cross.

Canada,along with the rest of the British Empire and Commonwealth made a huge contribution to world war 2. World war 2 started on 1st September 1939 for the Poles when Germany invaded from the west. Britain and France declared war on Germany on 3 September 1939. Although they did not have to do so Canada,Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany at about the same time. I have a war time propaganda booklet about Canada's contribution to the war effort Even allowing for the context of the information it makes amazing reading. Canada sent troops and sailors and airmen to Britain. It produced ships and guns and tanks and planes and in the process created an industrial economy that had not existed before the war. Canada also leant Britain millions of dollars in financial aid and in 1945 said its ok you don't have to pay it back. (The Americans did not do this they still wanted to be paid) So Canada made a huge contribution to the war and in turn was changed by it.

Canada's relations with America already close became even closer in the wartime period and after the war British influence in Canada was reduced. Many British people met Canadian troops during the war and were impressed by the people and many Brits went to Canada after the war. IN 1939, the population of Canada was about 12 million people. If you divide that in half, it gives about 6 million males. Subtract those who were too young or too old to serve, and you have about 3 million males of military service age. By the end of the second world war, Canada had ONE MILLION, ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND MEN IN UNIFORM. That is one out of every three adult males. BY far, Canada's greatest contribution to the winning of WW2 was the Commonwealth Air Training Plan, which trained 135,000 pilots and aircrew, from 22 different countries, in Canada. Canada built over 300 airfields and 65 training schools in less than one year, and provided the instructors and ground crews to keep thousands of planes in the air. We also fed and clothed and housed and entertained those thousands of men, and did it at our expense. We also built thousands of aircraft for the CATP and produced the fuel and oil needed, as well as the training manuals and course books and air charts, and even the asphalt and concrete for the runways. After Canada had manufactured enough small arms to equip it's own army, we started sending rifles, pistols and machine guns to Britain. At the end of WW2, 60 percent of the British Army was armed with Canadian made weapons. We also provided over a million Lee Enfield rifles to the Nationalist Chinese Army and 300,000 Browning 9mm semi-auto pistols to the Australians and the New Zealanders. The largest class of naval vessel ever made was the Canadian Corvette escort ship, with 237 in total being made during WW2.

From the beginning of the war, the Royal Canadian Navy was the chief escort force in the western Atlantic Ocean. By the end of the war, the RCN was the acknowledged leader in anti-submarine warfare, with the most U-baots sunk. Remember this fact.........Every American and Canadian soldier who fought in Europe got there by ship convoy, nobody flew over the Atlantic, except bomber crews going to the war. The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest and most crucial of WW2. Without control of the ocean, D Day would not have been possible, at all. Canada was able to fight in two major campaigns at the same time. Where ? From July 1943, with the invasion of Sicily, Canada's First Infantry Division along with it's auxiliary units of armor, artillery and support, were involved in the Italian fighting. Fourteen months later, after the liberation of Rome, the D-day Dodgers of the 1CanInfDiv were told that, for all their sins, they would now be going to Northern France, to join 2ndCanInfDiv, and 5th Can Armoured in the fight to capture the Belgian port city of Antwerp. Of course, 2nd Div and 5th Armoured had landed at Normandy, on Juno beach, on June 6th, and now the entire Canadian Corps, over 200 thousand men was going to be concentrated on a massive front. The Falsie gap, the battle for the airport at Tirquet, the Breskins Pocket, Walchern Island, the Netherlands, the Hochwald Forest, the final 40 days, are all ahead of them. The RCAF began the war with 5 squadrons of outdated planes, and about 3,000 men. By the end of the war, it is the third largest of the Allied air forces,with over 133,000 men, and fully 60 percent of RAF bomber command is made up of Canadians. Number six group, Bomber Command are all Canadian crews, and in Fighter Command, more than half of the Squadron Leaders are Canadians. There are 44 RCAF fighter squadrons, as well as 15 in Maritime Command flying the Canadian built Canso amphibian. Inventive, combative, irreverant, funny and tough, that was the Canadians in WW2. From Motor Torpedo Boats in the channel at night, to the jungles of Borneo, or the mountains of Yugoslavia, fighting with Tito's army, they were everywhere, and we left our dead in cemmetaries in 74 nations, in small places that will forever be considered a part of Canada. As a member of the allies, Canada declared war on Germany within days of the invasion of Poland. Unlike World War I, however, Canadian units remained more independent of British command, and they played an important role in Allied campaigns in Western Europe. Canadian forces contributed heavily in the air raids against Germany, the Battle of Britain the Italian campaign and the Battle of Normandy, as well as the campaigns in North West Europe. From 1941, Canadian forces also participated in the defense of British territories against Japanese forces, especially Hong Kong. About one million Canadians served during WWII. The Canadian Home front also played a vital role in producing weapons, armor and many other vital war machines in pushing back the Germans. Canada�s first major action was the raid on the French beach of Dieppe the task force included 5000 Canadian troops which stormed the beach head. Although the mission was a failure the allies got a first view of German defenses on the French coast, and this information would later be used for operation OVERLORD the June 1944 invasion of France. Before operation OVERLORD could take place, the allies needed to �soften� up German defensive positions and key targets such as war factories. RCAF bomber units flew nightly raids on German cities and factories to reduce the German ability to produce war materials and weapons.

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How was Canada affected by conscription in World War 2?

Canada was affected mostly on the English-canadians and french- Canadian relations. Because when king asked the people to vote on conscription all the English - canadians voted for it and french- canadians voted against it. After only about 13 000 were conscrit.

Canada wasn't affected much, because of Kings promise "Conscription if necessary, but not necessarily conscription" and his saying that it wasnt just planned to get the french canadians into the military the french-English relations werent affected very much, when compared to wwi. Also consciption was put into effect as soon as the war started, the promise made was that conscripts wouldn't be sent overseas.

I take very strong exception to the above answer that says that Canada wasn't affected very much by the conscrition controversy. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The facts are these..........The Canadian Army had over one hundred thousand fully trained troops sitting in camps in Canada, drawing full pay, while the 1st Infantry Division was fighting in Italy, and suffering huge casualty loses, with many men being wounded and then rushed back to the front, due to chronic manpower shortages. Why?

Because the "Zombies" back home had been promised that they would only be subject to "home service" if they were conscripted, while the volunteers in Italy had signed to serve until the war was "Over". What do you think that felt like? After the June, 1944, D-Day landings, things got even worse, as the fighting took place in close quarters, in small towns and villages of France. The daily casualty rates went thru the roof and both infantry and armour units were at 50 percent of full strength, with some at only 30 percent of normal manning levels.

By the time they got to Holland, things were even more grim, with wholesale drafts of clerks, cooks, bakers, and anybody else who could be found in the rear, being sent up to fight as infantry, regardless of their lack of training. The facts are very clear, the Canadian Army was being bled to death, with a whole fresh division of fully trained troops sitting on their asses in Canada. The blame sits clearly on the shoulders of the P.M., and the people of Quebec who refused to get involved in the actual fighting, but were very happy to make the big money at home in a war plant, working overtime.

The result of this policy? The attitude of WW2 veterans is still against the Province of Quebec, and they will never change their minds on this topic. Also, the refusal of the Canadian Government to use ALL the troops they had, was a huge mistake, causing our death tolls to be way higher than they needed to be.

Actually only about 13,000 conscripts were sent overseas, and they went voluntarily. Most conscripts spent the war in Canada, as the government had promised they would. But they weren't alone. Only half of the Canadian Army made it overseas, and the majority of those who stayed home were volunteers. Similarly, two-thirds of the air force stayed in Canada also, though many were involved in the Commonweath air training plan. So while the Canadian army in Europe was in desperate straits for soldiers as the war drew to a close, it wasn't solely the fault of conscripts.

Also French Canada was not the only part of Canada to vote against conscription. It wasn't popular in Western Canada, and even Arthur Meighen, the pro-conscription former prime minister, was defeated in Toronto on the issue of conscription.

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What language is the Canadian motto from sea to sea in?


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What are some quotes from the battle of hong kong?

" I have never ever seen an invasion this severe maybe its the day where I will take my last breath, maybe its the day il get lucky and no die but it doesn't matter cause il fight for my Canadian people and do it for my country.

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Whose lives are affected after a war?

all of our lives are affected after war

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How do you pronounce Dieppe?


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How old is Diane Rehm?

Diane Rehm is 80 years old (birthdate: September 21, 1936).

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How many Canadians fought in World War 1?

According to the Canadian Military Heritage Project, approximately 32,000 men initially assembled September 04, 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec as a response to England's acceptance of help."During this monumental conflict, 619,636 served for Canada and over 66,000 gave their lives."

Canada bought her place at the table when the treaty was being written, thru the blood of her soldiers. This was Canada's " War of Recognition and Independence ". After the end of World war One Canada no longer had to ask Britain for permission to act as a nation. It had won that right thru it's war record.

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hi guys, have a nice day for viewing +2 results on ur mobile . for bsnl users type an message, HSC{space}594409 ur reg num message to 54373. u will get ur result.

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Does a child of two illegal immigrants acquire US citizenship by being born in the US?


Originally, several of the legislative creators of the 14th amendment intended that the children of foreign citizens born in the US would NOT be US citizens.

Section 1 of the 14th Amendment states: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."

While the original drafters proposed the idea that foreign citizens were not "subject to the jurisdiction of the United States" and therefore their children born in the US would not be US citizens, this idea does not appear to have been of any concern during revisions of the Amendment. It appears NOT to have been a substantive question addressed by either the House or Senate, with most of the focus in writing the 14th Amendment being on excluding Native Americans from citizenship, and on related issues around revocation of citizenship.

The wording of the 14th Amendment was changed with no real debate about its impact on US-born children of foreign citizens. During ratification in the US Senate, there is no record of any objection to this change in wording, and no mention of caring about its impact on US-born children. The issue appears to have either been completely overlooked, or ignored.

This left the final wording a bit vague, with no real legislative record as to the meaning intended by Congress. The Supreme Court, in an 1898 decision known as U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark, settled this vagueness with an interpretation that children of foreign citizens born in the US soil are US citizens.

A new Supreme Court decision overturning this precedent or a new Amendment superseding the 14th Amendment would be necessary for children of illegal aliens to be excluded from citizenship.

AnswerAt the current time, any child born on US soil regardless of the status of the parents becomes a US citizen. Answer

This is true, anyone born on American soil is an American citizen. Most illegal think that by having their children in America, that they will be able to stay here when caught. That is wrong. America will not deport the child, but the parent will be deported. If it is not a deportation because of an arrest, they will be able to take their children with them. However, if it is deportation because of a criminal arrest, the children will be placed in foster care of with a legal family member. The child's citizenship status has nothing to do with the parent's status.

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Who was Canada's Prime Minister in World War 2?

William lyon Mackenzie King

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How many Canadians died in World War 2?

Approximately 44,198 Canadians were killed in WWII.

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What important changes happened in post-World War 2 Canada?

== == A large number of the returning military vets took advantage of the FREE University education that was offered to them by the Canadian Government. That significantly increased the number of professional degree holders who went on to become the Doctors, Engineers and others who contributed to boom in Canada throughout the 50's and 60's. Another factor was the huge increase in births, from 1946 to 1960, as those same Vets fathered a record number of kids, all of whom would require new homes to live in, new schools to attend, new parks to play in and lots of new toys, clothes and food. New cars to ride in and new TV and appliances, and new stores to shop in. A BOOM time, with very low un-employment, and thousands of new houses and schools being built. After as much as 6 years of being away from Canada, the veterans wanted peace and stability in the country, and demanded that the politicians make it work and run smoothly. Giant projects were begun like the LeDuc oil fields, and the St Lawrence Seaway, and the Distant Early Warning System of northern radar stations to give advance warning of possible Russian bomber attacks. The industrial plants that had been building war-time equipment went back to making consumer goods like fridges and stoves, and cars. The new found incomes were used to buy new things, and the Canadian economy was BOOMING.

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How many Australians died on D-Day?

Not many, relative to other Allied losses, especially American. According to "Most of the 1,100 officers and men of the Royal Australian Volunteer Naval Reserve taking part in Operation Neptune on D-Day served aboard British ships or as commanders of several landing flotillas and motor torpedo boats. Approximately 11,000 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) officers and men served with Royal Air Force (RAF) or RAAF squadrons for every phase of D-Day. Australia also provided 15 percent of the 1136 aircraft committed by Bomber Command on D-Day." "Australia, with the great bulk of its forces fighting Japan in the south-west Pacific, took a relatively small part in the operation, but the invasion force included up to about 3,000 Australians. About a dozen Australian soldiers were attached to British army formations, learning the ropes in preparation for amphibious operations in the Pacific later in the war. Some 500 Australian sailors served in dozens of Royal Navy warships, from battleships and corvettes down to motor torpedo boats and landing craft. Several Australians commanded flotillas of tank-landing ships, while others piloted landing craft carrying British and Canadian infantry onto the beaches. Australia's main contribution was in the air. Between 2,000 and 2,500 Australian airmen served in dozens of RAF and ten RAAF squadrons of all kinds. Australian aircrew served in transport and glider-towing squadrons which carried airborne troops, fighter-bombers and fighters operating directly over the beach-head, and many in heavy bomber squadrons which dropped thousands of tons of bombs in support of the landings. Coastal Command squadrons operated far from the beaches of Normandy, protecting the Channel crossings from German naval forces. Fourteen Australians were killed on D-Day (two RAN and 12 RAAF)."

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Human Anatomy and Physiology

Why do people die?

We die naturally. Our bodies become physically incapable to work at a certain age, usually around 70 years old. Some people will have their bodies shut down at an earlier age, some people later. Sicknesses play a huge part in death, too. We die usually of old age, but other reasons like murder and sickness can lead to death also. There are other natural (but abnormal) causes of death, too, like cancer. Around 20% of people develop cancer - although not all of them die because of it. Smoking and drinking is another reason why people die.

A religious view is that God has made us all to see what we will do with our lives. We will then die and see if we are worthy to enter into heaven. So no death is without a purpose. People die because they are meant to, by God's decision, even if it seems an unexpected or untimely death.

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Why was conscription necessary and unnecessary in Canada during World War 2?

Conscription was necessary in the sense that Canada needed to conscript soilders in order to have a big enough army as the allied forces. Canad's army was whitering down therfore they needed more members to be in the army. Prime minister Mackenzie King created the NRMA which conscripted soilders to provide defense on the homefront. This outraged Francaphones however please anglaphones.

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Did Canada have conscription in world war 2?

No, although some people have stated that they had, research showed that young men stood in line for hours to volunteer and sign up. Thank God that they did, so many of those men gave their lives to help liberate Europe especially in Holland where they are honoured every year. God bless every one of them!!

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How many Canadians participated in the Korean war?

More than 27,000 Canadians fought in the Korean War, and 516 Canadians lost their lives. All together 26,791 Canadians served in the Korean War, with 1,558 casualties. 516 Canadian's are listed in the Korea Book of Remembrance for their sacrifice.

A complete history of Canadian Forces in the Korean War can be found at the link below.


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