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Canada and WWI
Transcript of Canada and WWI
The enthusiasm Canadians had to fight under the name of their country caused a rush of civilians wanting to enlist for the reasons of patriotism, adventurism, and opposition to german aggression, as well as having personal ties to Great Britain in the past.
Due to this, the use of conscription wasn't necessarily needed as the civilians came by themselves.
Battle of Ypres
In Canada’s first major battle on April 22, 1915, in the battle of second Ypres in France, the Canadian soldiers faced the first use of chlorine gas, which killed, wounded, or captured a third of the force (approximately 6,000 soldiers). In the end, Canadians prevailed and were able to keep the Germans from breaking through and gaining territory. This example proves that Canadians were united in working with one another to ensure that their country was kept safe. It also displays the determination in the sense of pride of Canadians.
To what extent did Canada’s
contribution in the First World War
help change Canadian identity both
nationally and internationally?
Canada’s contribution in the First World War significantly helped change Canadians national and international identities to an extremely pivotal extent.
Canadians involvement in WII created a sense of pride for those who fought with allies against the opposing sides, as it created a sense of nationalistic unity due to Canadians fighting together alongside each other.
Canada and WWI
Many consider Canadians victory at Vimy Ridge to be the most defining moment for Canada. Here, Canadians proved that they were capable of greatness by using new tactics to seize the Germans.
The Canadians that were involved in the battles during WWI were highly respected by their own nation, because it was the first time Canada was participating in a major battle. The Canadian soldiers that were representing their nation for the first time across the world, proved to be highly successful due to all of their achievements and victories.
Back home in Canada, families were proud to announce that their sons, husbands, and fathers were part of the army in WWI because everyone was proud of the soldiers and the bravery they were showing while standing for the rest of Canada on the front lines.
Factories and jobs were targeting in helping aid the war and everyone joined together to supply whatever was needed to those fighting. Due to this, Canada's economy greatly improved as more and more supplies were needed. This was also a great time for women who were unemployed, because it meant that they were able to find employment.
The main significance of Canada fighting in WWI was that Canada was now recognized as being completely independent from Britain. The Statute of Westminster was passed by the British government in 1931. This meant that Canada could make its own laws and regulations. Many Canadians were thankful for this, as they had been wanting to establish themselves as being independent under their own rule.
The Statute of Westminster
In conclusion, Canada's identity was shaped for the better due to Canadians having a sense of pride in their own nation and becoming independent. Canadians proved to be valiant and courageous during the war, and came out as true heroes and were recognized as such.