World War 1 was a historic event which began in 1914 and ended in 1918. This bloody conflict took the lives of more than 17 million people who were fighting for their countries. Being a British colony at the time, Canada was dragged into the war that did not impact the country in any way, yet thousands of Canadians volunteered to devote their lives for their nation. The first World War had the greatest impact on Canadian history during the 20th century, as this event helped Canada gain more independence from Britain, it helped introduce women in the workforce, and also introduced non-white Canadians in the army. For the longest time, Canada had been under British control, however, this changed a bit after World War 1 took place.
Canada’s Defining Moment: D-Day Canada played an important role in World War I as they showed great perseverance, courage, and gained decisive victories as shown in the Battle of Vimy Ridge. In World War II, Canada failed to disappoint once again in their contribution to the Battle of Normandy. During that time, Germany had invaded northwestern France and the Allies, which includes Canada, planned on liberating them. The Allies prepared a plan to mislead the Germans into thinking they were not going to invade through the coast of Normandy. Fortunately, the operation to deceive them was a success and the members of the Allied Forces landed on their designated areas.
The battle of Vimy Ridge is significant to World War I and Canadian history. The battle of Vimy Ridge was one of Canada’s biggest victories. The Canadian soldiers used a new technique called Creeping Barrage to get across No Man’s land. Their tanks would follow behind them but shoot ahead of where they were walking. Vimy Ridge was one of the harder German defense areas to capture but the new technique allowed the Canadians to do so.
As a result this would make Canada more progressive in woman rights, politically and socially, even being granted to vote under certain circumstances during the war due a pending election. However because of the war, relations between English and French would divide even more due to conflicting opinions, on whether the war was Canada fight or not. So the result of the war did have its negative effects on post war Canada. Regardless because of the war Canada came out as a both stronger and healthier nation, for without the war we may not have received the recognition, the respect, admiration and most importantly the eventual full independence from Britain. For if the war never happened we may not be the nation we are
As the war of 1812 came to an end a completely different Canada began to take shape. A British controlled monarch with Canada held political and military power over the regions of Canada. By the 1830 's Canada was a prime destination for main setters that seeks refuge from the economic stagnation of Europe. Some thirty thousand settlers from Europe, varying in class and wealth, land on the shores of Canada, mainly in Montréal, in hopes to find a prosperous and successful life on the vast fields of western frontier, upper, and Lower Canada. The great expansion across Canada left settlers isolated from major settlements and the lack of roads and communication furthered the difficulties for properly pioneering the land.
The Germans had invaded the Soviet Union on June 22nd, 1941, this invasion was codenamed, Operation Barbarossa. Operation Barbarossa was the largest military attack launched during World War Two, and had created dreadful circumstances for the Russian people. The military operation had involved the use of more than 3 million Axis troops and 3,500 of their tanks. Operation Barbarossa was launched under Hitler’s belief that the German people needed lebensraum(living space) in the East, they would acquire this land at the expense of the Russian people. Hitler had begun planning for the attack in the previous year; he had tremendous confidence in the success of his attacks because of his victory over the allies in France, and the reports of the Soviet forces being weak.
Before, a majority of Canadians only cared about their own problems and turned a blind eye to the Holocaust, after shifting their attitude Canada helped out by sending troops to Europe in WWII. It created a shift within civil society by making them promote their organizations even more to help establish strong bonds. As stated by Professor Dominique Clément “This ‘rights revolution’ represented an important shift not only in the relationship between citizens and the state but also within civil society.” WWII really promoted change in equality and human rights by helping Canadians realize the significance of their rights and values and then fixing their mistakes to gain
However, recently, under the leadership of the Harper government, they have primarily been engaging in violent missions (Harper). I believe that this was the case because Harper wanted to strengthen ties with the United States, and war was a common ground. Strong ties with the United States would allow for Canada to grow its economy.
The battle at Vimy Ridge was a defining moment in Canadian History because it gave Canada a sense of nationhood “The Battle of Vimy Ridge marked ‘the birth of a nation’ for Canada, says Governor-General David Johnston” (Postmedia news). It was the first time all four Canadian Corps fought together in the history of the war. The victory of ‘taking Vimy Ridge’ was celebrated, and two months later Viscount Julian Byng was promoted out of the Corps and Arthur Currie became the first commander of the Corps. The 60’000 casualties in the war, made Vimy the most symbolic of Canada’s overall sacrifices. This pushed Prime Minister Borden to ensure a separate representation at the Paris Peace Talks after the war.
The Second World War was a national crisis in Canada by the time St Laurent joined office and King needed a person to represent Quebec’s views. Prime Minister King was in a lot of pressure to implement conscription but that was very difficult because he promised to not implement conscription. He had to pass Bill 80 that would repeal the inability to implement conscription. Quebec was the only province apposed the government policy but St Laurent delivered a speech to resolve the issue. He talked about Quebec nationalism and was able to convince the people of