Wednesday, November 3, 2010

World War 2 and Canada's Contributions

In the next few day's we will focus on a review of the initial WWII battles in Western Europe, and then an explanation of how this influenced the course of the War. More precisely we will be focusing on how Canada was involved in these battles and what kind of effect this may have had on Canadians back home. We will look at:
  1. Battle of Britain and the Commonwealth Air Training Program
  2. Battle of Hong Kong
  3. Battle of the Atlantic
  4. Dieppe
  5. Liberating the Netherlands
Later this term we will get a more in depth report on a few of these and other topics when our Project Presentations for WW2 begin. Group presentations are on the following topics:

1. The Battle of the Atlantic
2. The Italian Campaign
3. Dieppe
4. Conscription

It is important that you stay on top of your readings and finish with your essay on the "History of Film."


  1. These are just 2 of the many significant contributions made by Canadians during WW2

    In the Battle of Atlantic the Canadians contributed significantly. They did this by ensuring that the merchant ships kept carrying goods including food, and ammunition, reached the war-torn zone of Britain. This was ensured because the Canadian Corvettes risked their lives in crossing the Atlantic against the odds of German 'U-Boat' attacks, to protect the goods being carried across. Although the Battle of Dieppe initially was carried out at the expense of many Canadian lives, the Canadian soldiers were able to regroup and significantly strategically contribute to the win over the Germans.

    -Dylan Sidoo


    This link gave me a great understanding of the involvement of Canada in World War II.

    At the outbreak of the Second World War, Canada was still a very important part of the British Empire, and was unequivocally expected to join in the Empire's war effort. Instead of declaring war on Germany on September 3rd, 1939, the Canadian government waited a full week before declaring war on the German nation. This was the first of many "nation-building" experiences for Canadians in the war period. # In 1939, the RCAF was Canada's smallest service at 3,100 personnel, but by 1945, over 249,500 Canadians had served.
    # Canada played a vital part in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. In the six years of the war, over 131,553 personnel were trained in Canada, and roughly 55% were Canadians.

    - Sajen Gill