- Military history of Canada during the Second World War
The military history of
Canadaduring the Second World Warbegan with a declaration of war on Germanyon September 10, 1939and encompassed major campaigns in Italy[Canadian War Museum [http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/chrono/1931italian_e.html "The Italian Campaign"] . Retrieved on: August 5, 2007.] and Northern Europe. [Canadian War Museum [http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/chrono/1931liberating_e.html "Liberating Northwest Europe"] . Retrieved on: August 5, 2007.] Canada was active in defending the shipping lanes in the North Atlanticand the Canadian Merchant Navycompleted over 25,000 voyages across the Atlantic. [Veterans Affairs Canada [http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/clients/sub.cfm?source=history/other/merchant/hist "The Historic Contribution of Canada's Merchant Navy"] . Retrieved on: August 5, 2007.] Canadians were also active in the Pacific throughout the war.
At the beginning of the war, Canada was the oldest
Dominionin the British Commonwealth. As a nation, it was, for the most part, reluctant to return to war. Nonetheless, Canadians entered the Second World Warunited with Great Britain, through Commonwealth association, and from a population of only 11 to 12 million, eventually raised very substantial armed forces. After the long struggle of the Great Depression of the 1930s, the challenges of the Second World War accelerated Canada's ongoing transformation into a modern urban and industrialised nation.
Early in the war, Canada's commitment to the British-French forces in Europe was limited to one division. Canada's military deployment reached corps-level strength for the invasions in Italy in 1943, and Normandy in 1944. Over the course of the war, 1.1 million Canadians served in the army, navy, and air force. Of these more than 45,000 gave their lives and another 54,000 were wounded. [Canadian War Museum [http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/chrono/1931cost_e.html "Counting the Cost"] . Retrieved on:
August 5, 2007.] Countless more of His Majesty's Canadian subjects shared in the suffering and the hardships of war at home and abroad.
The war's impact on Canadian history was considerable, though it was likely not as significant as
World War I. The conscription crisis had a major effect on unity between French and English-speaking Canadians, though was not as politically damaging as that of WWI. The war effort strengthened the Canadian economy, led to diversification in manufacturing and enhanced national thanksgiving. Canada's status as a nation was strengthened after 1945. [Stacey, C. [http://thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1SEC886894 "World War II: Cost and Significance"] . "The Canadian Encyclopedia" online (Historica). Revised by N. Hillmer. Retrieved on: August 5, 2007.]
Canada enters the war
25 August 1939, units of the Canadian Militia were called out to defend vital locations throughout Canada in light of the deepening crisis in Europe. Following the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, Canada mobilised the Canadian Active Service Force, a corps of two divisions. The Canadian government fully intended to enter the war, but Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie Kinginsisted on recalling Parliament to allow a debate on Canadian participation. After three days of discussion and debate in the House of Commons (and the passage of a slate of war measures), King's cabinet produced a declaration of war, and thereafter humbly sought its approval by George VI, King of Canada, on September 10, [ [http://www.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/department/history/keydocs/keydocs_details-en.asp?intDocumentId=18 Proclamation of a State of War between Canada and Germany] ] and proclaimed by Governor General John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir, one week after the United Kingdom and France declared war on Germany. Between September 1and September 10, Canada used its neutral status to purchase $20 million worth of arms from the still neutral United States before entering the war on Great Britain's side.
Mackenzie King's government embarked upon the war with one overarching concern: that the war effort not undermine national unity. King promised a war of "limited liability" – wherein Canada's principal contributions to the war effort would be economic and productive rather than military, a view which was also shared by such early-war leaders of the Conservative opposition as Dr.
Robert Manion. King, recalling the Conscription Crisis of 1917, was sensitive to public opinion in French-speaking Quebec, where conscription was unpopular, and feared the consequences for national unity—and his party's chances for re-election—should heavy casualties force his government to enact conscription for overseas service.
Canada subsequently declared war on Italy in June 1940 and on Japan in December 1941.
Mobilization of the Armed Forces
Having suffered from nearly twenty years of neglect, His Canadian Majesty's armed forces were small, poorly equipped, and for the most part unprepared for war in 1939. The Permanent Active Militia (or Permanent Force (PF), Canada's full time army) had just 4,261 officers and men, while the Non-Permanent Active Militia (Canada's reserve force) numbered 51,000 partially trained and ill-equipped soldiers. Modern equipment was scarce all around. Attempts to modernise had begun in 1936, but equipment procurement was slow and the government was unwilling to expend money to equip the new tank battalions introduced that year.
Nevertheless, the eventual size of the Canadian armed forces greatly exceeded those envisioned in the pre-war period's so-called mobilisation "schemes". Over the course of the war, the army enlisted 730,000; the air force 260,000; and the navy 115,000 personnel. In addition, thousands of Canadians served in the Royal Air Force. However, taken as a percentage of the population, Canada's enlistment of 1.1 million military personnel represents a proportionately smaller mobilisation than that which occurred in Great Britain, the Dominion of Australia, or the Dominion of New Zealand. Approximately half of Canada's army and three-quarters of its air-force personnel never left the country, compared to the overseas deployment of approximately three-quarters of the forces of Australia, New Zealand, and the United States. By war's end, however, 1.1 million men and women had served in uniform for Canada. Her navy of only a few ships in 1939 grew to over 400 ships. This maritime effort helped keep the shipping lanes open across the Atlantic throughout the war.
In part, this reflected Mackenzie King's policy of "limited liability" and the labour requirements of Canada's industrial war effort. But it also reflected the objective circumstances of the war. With France defeated and occupied, there was no Second World War equivalent of the Great War's
Western Frontuntil the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Moreover, the manpower requirements of the North African and Mediterranean theatres were comparatively small and readily met by British and other British Empire/Commonwealth forces.
Consequently, the bulk of the Canadian army overseas did not engage in sustained combat until mid-1944. Many of the young soldiers of the
1st Canadian Infantry Division, overseas since December 1939,could claim, by 1943, to have spent more of their adult lives in England than in Canada. Nevertheless, this guard duty served as a bulwark, along with British counterparts, in combating the threat from German occupied Europe during the time when the threat of invasion was at its greatest. Indeed, apart from the Dieppe Raidin August 1942 which provided important information to war planners, the frustrated Canadian Army fought no significant engagement in the European theatre of operations until the invasion of Sicily in the summer of 1943. Dieppe, however, was primarily a Canadian undertaking and saw 907 killed, 2,460 wounded and 1,874 became German prisoners of war. With the Sicily Campaign, the Canadians had the opportunity to enter combat and later they were among the first to enter Rome. King was able to delay the conscription crisis he so dreaded until late in the war. On D-Day, June 6, 1944 the landings at Normandy were accomplished by two beachheads made by the American forces at Omaha and Utah, two by British forces, Sword and Gold and the final was a Canadian effort at Juno with the 3rd Canadian Infantry Divisionpenetrating further into France than any other Allied force after which a Canadian spearhead drove northeast up into the Netherlandswhere they accomplished the liberation of that nation. The profusion of colourful tulips that grace the gardens in front of the Peace Towerin Ottawaare a thank-you gift to the people of Canada for this deliverance.
Industrial war effort
Canada had become one of the world's leading automobile manufacturers in the 1920s, owing to the presence of branch-plants of American automakers in Ontario. In 1938, Canada's automotive industry ranked fourth in the world in the output of passenger car and trucks, even though a large part of its productive capacity remained idle because of the Depression. During the war, this industry was put to good use, building all manner of war materiel, and most particularly wheeled vehicles, of which Canada became the second largest (next to the United States) producer during the war. Canada's output of nearly 800,000 trucks, for instance, exceeded the combined total truck production of Germany, Italy, and Japan. Rivals Ford and General Motors of Canada pooled their engineering design teams to produce a standardised vehicle amenable to mass production, the Canadian Military Pattern (CMP) truck, which served throughout the British Commonwealth. Approximately half of the British Army's transport requirements were supplied from Canadian manufacturers. The British Official History referred to these vehicles as Canada's most important contribution to Allied victory.
In addition, Canada produced its own medium tank, the Ram. Though it was unsuitable for combat employment, many were used for training, and the 1st Canadian Armoured Carrier Regiment used modified Rams as armoured personnel carriers in North-West Europe. [Tonner, Mark. "The Kanagaroo in Canadian Service" (
Service Publications, 2005. See also "The Ram in Canadian Service" Vol 1. and Vol 2., same publisher.] Approximately 16,000 aircraft, including Lancaster and Mosquito bombers, were built in Canada. In addition, by the end of 1944, Canadian shipyards had launched naval ships, such as destroyers, frigates, corvettes, and some 345 merchant vessels. But perhaps no Canadian contribution to the Allied war effort was so vital as that made by the metals industries: half of Allied aluminium and ninety percent of Allied nickel was supplied by Canadian sources during the war.
Between the fall of
Francein June 1940 and the German invasion of the USSR in June 1941, Canada supplied Britain with urgently needed food, weapons, and war materials by naval convoys and airlifts, as well as pilots and planes who fought in the Battle of Britainand The Blitz. If the planned German invasion of Britain had taken place in 1941, units of the formation later known as I Canadian Corpswere already deployed between the English Channeland Londonto meet them.
From 1939 through to the end of the war in Europe in May 1945, the
Royal Canadian Navyand the Canadian merchant marineplayed an especially vital role in the Second Battle of the Atlantic. Canada was the primary location of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, still the largest air force training program in history; over 167,000 Commonwealth air force personnel, including more than 50,000 pilots, trained at airbases in Canada from 1940 to 1945. More than half of the BCAT graduates were Canadians who went on to serve with the Royal Canadian Air Force(RCAF)and Royal Air Force(RAF). One out of the six RAF Bomber Commandgroups flying in Europe was Canadian.
Soldiers of the Canadian Army fought in the
Battle of Hong Kongin 1941 against the Japanese. and in the disastrous Dieppe Raidof 1942, when the second Canadian division supported by British commandos and a small unit of American rangers launched a failed landing at the French port of Dieppe. Canadian troops participated in the North African campaign. Early in the war, Japanese troops invaded Alaska. Canadian air force planes flew anti-submarine patrols against the Japanese while on land, Canadian troops fought side by side with American troops against the Japanese. Eventually, the Japanese were repulsed. After the African campaign, Canadian soldiers went ashore in 1943 in the Allied invasions of Sicily and mainland Italy, then fought through the long Italian Campaign. Many of the very first Allied soldiers to enter Romewere Canadian commandos in the Devil's Brigade. The Canadians helped greatly throughout the campaign, capturing the town of Ortona and playing a vital role in breaking the Gothic Line. During the course of the Italian Campaign, over 25, 000 Canadian soldiers became casualties of war.
Squadrons of the RCAF and individual Canadian pilots flying with the British RAF fought with distinction in Spitfire and Hurricane fighters during the
Battle of Britain. By January 1, 1943, there were enough RCAF bombers and crews in Britain to form No. 6 Group, one of eight bomber groups within RAF Bomber Command.
The Dieppe Raid
Dieppe Raid(Operation Jubilee) of August 19, 1942, landed nearly 5,000 soldiers of the Second Canadian Divisionand 1000 British commandos on the coast of occupied France, in the only major combined forces assault on France prior to the Normandy invasion of June 1944. Despite air support from Allied fighters and bombers and a naval fleet of 237 ships and landing barges, the raid was a disaster. While Dieppe did provide valuable information on the absolute necessity of close communications in combined operations, of nearly 6000 troops (composed mainly of Canadians) landed over a thousand were killed and another 2,340 were captured. Two Canadians were recognised with the Victoria Cross for actions at Dieppe; Lieutenant Colonel "Cec" Merritt of the South Saskatchewan Regiment and Honourary Captain John Foote of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry. The value of the Dieppe Raid is a matter of some controversy; some historians feel that it was largely because of Dieppe that the Allies decided not to attempt an assault on a seaport in their first invasion of occupied western Europe, others would point to the large number of amphibious operations before and after Dieppe as evidence that nothing new was learned there.
The occupation of Newfoundland
When war was declared, Britain expected Canada to take responsibility for defending North America.Fact|date=January 2008 In 1939,
L. E. Emersonwas The Commissioner of Defence for Newfoundland. Winston Churchillinstructed Emerson to cooperate with Canada and comply with a "friendly invasion" as he encouraged MacKenzie King to advise the occupation of Newfoundland by the King as monarch of Canada. By March 1942, Commissioner Emerson had restructured official organizations, such as The Aircraft Detection Corps Newfoundland, and integrated them into Canadian units, like The Canadian Aircraft Identity Corps.
The British Army mustered two units in Newfoundland for overseas service: The 59th Field Artillery and the 166th Field Artillery. The 59th served in northern Europe, the 166th served in Italy and North Africa. The Newfoundland Regiment was also mustered, but was never deployed overseas. No. 125 (Newfoundland) Squadron R.A.F. served in England and Wales and provided support during
D-Day: the squadron was disbanded on 20 November 1945[http://www.rafweb.org/Sqn121-125.htm] .
Several Canadian regiments were garrisoned in Newfoundland during World War Two: the most famous regiment was
The Royal Rifles of Canadawho were stationed at Cape Spear before being dispatched to British Hong Kong; In July 1941, The Prince Edward Island Highlandersarrived to replace them; In 1941 and 1942, The Lincoln & Welland Regimentwas assigned to Gander Airport and then St. John's.
The Canadian Army built a concrete fort at
Cape Spearwith several large guns to deter German naval raids. Other forts were built overlooking St. John's Harbour; magazines and bunkers were cut into the South Side Hills and torpedo nets were draped across the harbour mouth. Cannons were erected at Bell Islandto protect the merchant navy from submarine attacks and guns were mounted at Rigolette to protect Goose Bay.
All Canadian soldiers assigned to Newfoundland from 1939 to 1945 received a silver clasp to their
Canadian Volunteer Service Medalfor overseas service. Because Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia had all issued their own volunteer service medals, the Newfoundland Government minted its own volunteer service medal in 1978. The Newfoundland Volunteer Service 1939-45was only awarded to Newfoundlanders who served overseas in the Commonwealth Forces but had not received a volunteer service medal. The medal is bronze: on its obverse is a crown and a caribou; on its reverse is Britannia and two lions.
Attacks in Canadian waters and on the mainland
U-boats operated in Canadian and Newfoundland waters throughout the war, sinking many naval and merchant vessels. Two significant attacks took place in 1942 when German U-boats attacked four allied orecarriers at Bell Island, Newfoundland. The carriers S.S. "Saganaga" and the S.S. "Lord Strathcona" were sunk by U-"513" on September 5, 1942, while the S.S. "Rosecastle" and "P.L.M 27" were sunk by U-"518" on November 2with the loss of 69 lives. When the submarine fired a torpedo at the loading pier, Bell Islandbecame the only location in North America to be subject to direct attack by German forces in World War II. U-Boats were also found in the St. Lawrence River; during the night of October 14, 1942the Newfoundland Railway ferry, SS "Caribou" was torpedoed by German U-boatU-"69" and sunk in the Cabot Straitwith the loss of 137 lives. The Canadian mainland was also attacked when the Japanese submarine I-26 shelled the Estevan Point lighthouse on Vancouver Islandon June 20, 1942. Japanese fire balloons were also launched at Canada, some reaching British Columbia and the other western provinces.
Attacks on North America during World War II
Battle of the St. Lawrence
Invasions of Europe
The 1st Canadian Division and the 1st Canadian Tank Brigade took part in the
Allied invasion of Sicilyin Operation Husky, 10 July 1943and also the Allied invasion of mainland Italy on September 3, 1943. Canadian participation in the Sicily and Italy campaigns were made possible after the government decided to break up the First Canadian Army, sitting idle in Britain. Public pressure for Canadian troops to begin fighting forced a move before the awaited invasion of north-eastern Europe. [Bercuson, David J. "Maple Leaf against the Axis: Canada's Second World War". Toronto: Stoddart, 1995. p. 152. ] Troops fought on through the long and difficult Italian campaign until repatriated to North-West Europe in February-March 1945 during Operation Goldflake. By this time the Canadian contribution to the Italian theatre had grown to include I Canadian Corpsheadquarters, the 1st Division, 5th Canadian (Armoured) Divisionand an independent armoured brigade. Three Victoria Crosses were awarded to Canadian Army troops in Italy; Captain Paul Triquet of the Royal 22e Régiment, Private Smokey Smith of The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, and Major John Mahoney of The Westminster Regiment (Motor). Notable battles in Italy included the The Moro River Campaign, the Battle of Ortonaand the battles to break the Hitler Line.
June 6, 1944, the 3rd Canadian Division landed on Juno Beachin the Battle of Normandyand sustained 50% casualties in their first hour of attack. By the end of D-Day, the Canadians had penetrated deeper into France than either the British or the American troops at their landing sites, overcoming stronger resistance than any of the other beachheads except Omaha Beach. In the first month of the Normandy campaign, Canadian, British and Polish troops were opposed by some of the strongest and best trained German troops in the theatre, including the 1st SS Division, the 12th SS Division and the Panzer Lehr Division. Several costly operations were mounted by the Canadians to fight a path to the pivotal city of Caenand then south towards Falaise, part of the Allied attempt to liberate Paris. Canadian troops played a heavy role in the Liberation of Paris. Some feel that Canadian inexperience during the battle to close the Falaise Gap allowed German forces to escape destruction, but by the time the First Canadian Army linked up with U.S. forces, the destruction of the German Army in Normandy was nearly complete. Three Victoria Crosses were earned by Canadians in Northwest Europe; Major David Currie of the South Alberta Regimentwon the Victoria Cross for his actions at Saint-Lambert-sur-Dive, Captain Frederick Tilston of the Essex Scottish and Sergeant Aubrey Cosensof the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada were rewarded for their service in the Rhineland fighting in 1945, the latter posthumously.
One of the most important Canadian contributions was the
Battle of the Scheldt. The Battle of the Scheldt involved the II Canadian Corps. The Corps included the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division, 3rd Canadian Infantry Divisionand 4th Canadian (Armoured) Division. Although nominally a Canadian formation, II Canadian Corps contained the Polish 1st Armoured Division, the 1st Belgian Infantry Brigade, the Royal Netherlands Motorized Infantry Brigade, and the 51st (Highland) Infantry Division.
The British had liberated
Antwerp, but that city's port could not be used until the Germans were driven from the heavily fortified Scheldtestuary. In several weeks of heavy fighting in the fall of 1944, the Canadians succeeded in defeating the Germans in this region. The Canadians then turned east and played a central role in the liberation of the Netherlands.
Liberation of the Netherlands
The royal family of The Netherlands eventually moved to
Ottawauntil The Netherlands were liberated, and Princess Margriet was born during this Canadian exile. In 1944-45, First Canadian Armywas responsible for liberating much of The Netherlands from German occupation.The late Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, the only child of then Queen Wilhelmina and heir to the throne, sought refuge in Canada with her two daughters, Beatrix and Irene, during the war. During Princess Juliana’s stay in Canada, preparations were made for the birth of her third child. To ensure the Dutch citizenship of this royal baby, Canadian Parliament passed a special law declaring Princess Juliana’s suite at the Ottawa Civic Hospital “extraterritorial” (or Dutch territory). On January 19, 1943, Princess Margriet was born. The day after Princess Margriet’s birth, the Dutch flag was flown on the Peace Tower. This was the only time a foreign flag has waved atop Canada’s Parliament Buildings.
In 1945, the people of the Netherlands sent 100,000 hand-picked tulip bulbs as a post-war gift for the role played by Canadian soldiers in the liberation of the Netherlands. These tulips were planted on Parliament Hill and along the Queen Elizabeth Driveway.
Princess Juliana was so pleased at the prominence given to the gift that in 1946, she decided to send a personal gift of 20,000 tulip bulbs to show her gratitude for the hospitality received in Ottawa. The gift was part of a lifelong bequest. Since then, tulips have proliferated in Ottawa as a symbol of peace, freedom and international friendship. Every year, Canada’s Capital receives 10,000 bulbs from the Dutch Royal Family.
Canada during the war
One of the major Canadian contributions to the Allied war effort was the
British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, the largest air force training program in history. Over 167,000 air force personnel, including more than 50,000 pilotsFact|date=February 2008, were trained at airbases in Canada from May 1940 to March 1945.
This effort created political strain in Canada. However, the political astuteness of Mackenzie King, combined with much greater military sensitivity to Quebec volunteers resulted in a conscription crisis that was minor compared to that of World War I. French-Canadian volunteers were front and centre, in their own units, throughout the war, highlighted by actions at Dieppe (
Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal), Italy (Royal 22e Régiment), the Normandy beaches (Régiment de la Chaudière) and the thrust into Holland (Régiment de Maisonneuve).
Upon the request of the British Government, Canada agreed to send reinforcements to garrison
Hong Kong, therefore freeing up troops for other British possessions in the Far East. The Department of National Defence sent C Force: 1,975 soldiers (including two civilian services officers) from the Royal Rifles of Canada (from Quebec City) and the Winnipeg Grenadiers. However, the Canadian forces in Hong Kong did not have much of an impact when Japaninvaded the Crown Colony on December 8, 1941(see Battle of Hong Kong). Those men not killed in the fighting were captured, many dying of mistreatment and vicious torture in captivity. Company Sergeant Major John Osborn of the Winnipeg Grenadiers was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his actions during the fighting. Other involvement in the Pacific occurred in 1944, the Canadian Government sent some of their Chinese-Canadianrecruits into occupied Malaya as spies and trainers of the local guerrillas.
Canada also sent 5,300 troops of the 13th Canadian Brigade to participate in military operations in the Aleutians in 1943. The invasion, on
7 August 1943, also included the Canadian-American First Special Service Force. The objective was to reclaim the islands of Kiska and Attu from the Japanese, and the force saw no combat there as the Japanese had withdrawn on 28 July 1943, prior to the Allied landings. The battle was significant in that large numbers of conscripts had been included in the brigade.
Canada remained active in the Pacific theatre until the end of the war on
2 September 1945. Individual augmentees to Commonwealth forces served in various roles, including Canadian signallers in Australia, sailors with the British Pacific Fleet, RCAF airmen in Burma, and naval aviators with the Fleet Air Arm. The final Canadian Victoria Cross of the war went to one of the latter, Robert Hampton Gray, who was killed attacking Japanese shipping on the same day as the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.
At the time of the armistice with Japan, the
6th Canadian Infantry Divisionwas in training to take part in the proposed invasion of the mainland, entitled Operation Downfall. Canadian ships in the British Pacific Fleet and bomber squadrons had also been transferred from Europe with Tiger Force and were also training for their participation. The planned invasion of Kyūshū, Operation Olympic, was cancelled after Japan's surrender following the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasakiand the Soviet declaration of war on Japan.
780,000 Canadian servicemen had participated in the war. Canada's military deaths in the Second World War (which included deaths from wounds to the end of 1947) are recorded as 34,000. Of these, perhaps three-quarters are listed as "killed in action", while the rest died of sickness, accidents, and so forth. Several thousand Canadian pilots, for instance, died in training accidents in Canada. In addition, some 1,148 Canadian merchant seamen were killed. 34,000 Canadian soldiers were killed in action in World War II, a heavy price to pay for a small nation, though relative to population it was approximately half the burden in lives borne by Canadians in the First World War. In 1945, most Canadians reflected on their nation's war effort with pride. Canadian forces had fought in most major theatres of war and had made major contributions to the Battle of the Atlantic, the
Combined Bomber Offensive, to the invasions of Sicily, Italy, Normandy, and to the subsequent liberation of Holland. Canadian production of war materiel, foodstuffs, and raw materials had been indispensable to the Commonwealth's war effort, as had been the Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Despite her small population, Canada had the 4th largest navy in the world at the end of the war (3rd largest Allied Navy) [ [http://www.navy.forces.gc.ca/charlottetown/about/ship_about_e.asp?category=97 A Brief History of the Canadian Navy] ] , representative of a disproportionate contribution to the Battle of the Atlantic. In the course of time, Canadians would learn more about their nation's efforts on the scientific front and in codebreaking.
Moreover, Canada had emerged from the war united. Mackenzie King's Liberals were returned to power (albeit with a bare majority) in the federal election of June 1945. In Quebec, 53 of the 65 ridings went to King, a reflection of most Québécois' belief that King had done all he could to maintain his promise on conscription.
The war furthered Canadians' sense of nationalistic pride and forged closer political, economic, and military bonds between Canada and the United States. Canadians emerged from the war ready to play a major role on the world stage.
Military history of Canada
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