Canada transpired from the First World War as a dignified triumphant nation with a new prestige in the world. The battle of Vimy Ridge united the individuals of Canada to pursue a common cause, leading to victory and the establishment of the battle as a defining event in Canadian history; the conquest of Vimy would progress into the making of a fully independent and confederate country. When Canada became visible The battle of Vimy Ridge was the coming of age as a nation for Canada because it was one of the first times that all four divisions of the Canadian Corps came in union. Early Canadian nationalism developed due to the greater number of men who fought the battle were all varying races of Canadian citizens. The soldiers participating were widespread, coming from a variety of places as the prairie farms, West, East coast and central Canada. When the recruitment for soldiers began a surprisingly immersive amount of ordinary individuals volunteered, Anglophone,
During the period of the Second World War from 1939 to 1945, Canadian women were allowed a rapid introduction into spheres of labor previously dominated solely by
This event is a significant event in canadian history because if Canada did not have this navy they would not have had a chance against the Germans and their large navy. It is also a significant event because this war actually helped Canada to improve the Navy and
Now the site of the battle at Beaumont-Hamel and the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial is preserved as significant historical sites. The trenches,a symbol of sacrifice of lives, have been left as a landscape by the Canadian Government. They have become a significant memorial that is a remembrance to all Newfoundlanders who served during WWI. On the top of that the battle is also a symbol of “coming of age” for Canada.
Canada’s contribution in the Allied war effort did not only come from Canadian soldiers, but also from regular, everyday citizens who never saw battle, such as those involved in the Canadian war industry, BCATP, and the Corps of Canadian Firefighters. The Canadian industry supplied a great deal of war materials for the Allies, producing “more than 800,000 military transport vehicles, 50,000 tanks, 40,000 field, naval, and anti-aircraft guns, and 1,700,000 small arms.”6 Canada’s strong war industry was required to produce as much ammunition, weapons, and vehicles as they could in order to defeat Germany, who had great industrial power at the time. In 1939, Canada became the home for major recruiting and training for pilots during the Second World War in an organization called the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Throughout the war, Canada had graduated 131,533 airmen, including pilots, navigators, bomb aimers, wireless operators, air gunners and flight engineers.7 These men would later become involved in the war in the air, and their numbers would greatly contribute to the Allied air superiority. During the Battle of Britain, German air forces relentlessly bombarded London and
The battle of Vimy Ridge is so important to developing Canada’s identity because majority of the men who fought at Vimy were citizens of Canada, the battle was commanded by a Canadian, and Canadian soldiers were known as shock troops. The Battle of Vimy Ridge would be the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Corps worked together as one formation. The task fell to the Canadian army to take the ridge. Canadian troops were Fishermen from British Columbia, prairie farmers, workers from Ontario and Quebec, and miners from Nova Scotia prepared for battle. These men were regular people who proved that under extreme hardship, Canadians could get the job done. For Canada it was one of the defining events in our history where Canadian troops
When Britain called on Canada to help in World War One, Canadians dutifully volunteered. Many Canadians thought that this would be a glamorous adventure that they could not miss. However, Canadians were in for a rude awakening as this glamorous adventure turned out to be more than they bargained for. This was a new kind of war, one that cost Canadians dearly.
To say Canada played an important role in World War Two would be an understatement. Canada’s significance in the war will forever be remembered as one of the greatest, and the Battle of Hong Kong is a prime example of just that. The fact that Canada provided troops even with the optional not to, and the struggles the troops endured not only on the battlefield, but as prisoners of war, and the amount of physical and moral support the Canadian soldiers gave to the British soldiers in Hong Kong is proof that Canada was a major contributor in World War Two.
At the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Canadians gained self respect when they realized the greatness of their accomplishment. At the peace talks in Versailles, Canada earned its own seat. On top of that, Prime Minister Robert Borden signed independently. Canada’s nationalism became recognized in society. The link between Canada and Britain began to fade away but our link with the USA heightened. Canada located the national war memorial at Vimy after it was donated by the people of France. The memorial recognizing all who fought for our country placed where we were reborn as a
In April, Canadians will commemorate the uncommon service and sacrifice of the soldiers, sailors, and airmen who left their families and occupations to serve in WWI generally and at Vimy in particular. For the first time, in recognition of the remarkable service and leadership of Canada’s legal professionals, the Chief Justice of Canada and the Judge Advocate General of Canada are invited to participate formally in the Vimy commemoration at the national cenotaph in Ottawa. This recognition has been well earned.
Whether it be depictions of the “noble savage” or a red-clad, horse-riding Mountie patrolling the northern nation, Canadians have a knack for creating a mythical element to their past. Deconstructing national myths has become a burgeoning field of academic inquiry as evidenced by monographs such as Daniel Francis’ in his book National Dreams: Myth, Memory, and Canadian History. A central event in the Canadian consciousness, with much national sentiment attached to it, is that of Vimy Ridge. On April 9, 2007 over thirty-five hundred high school students from across Canada congregated at the newly restored Canadian National Vimy Memorial near Vimy, France. Their presence marked the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and
During the first half of the 20th century the western countries experienced what was called the Great War, commonly known today as the First World War (WWI). There were 330,000 men and women that served (WWI) for Canada, some of whose experiences were very diverse. Aboriginal men who served in the war suffered great inequality because of racism.
During World War II , many atrocities took place globally. My mother told me that she is aware of the fact that several of her family members died in action and even more of our people died in the concentration camps scattered across what is presently the Republic of Serbia – but my mother’s journey to Canada started a little later. Her story is a culmination of events, some of which took place before her birth.