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What was canada's role in world war 2?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Canada was one of the First commonwealth countries to Join the British In ww2 the Canadians made some of the Biggest sacrifices

    They were The Arsenal of Democracy they were Not selling to the NAZIS unlike their Neighbour

    they spent 33,361,041,209.20 on WW2 and never asked for Reparations Unlike their neighbours the canadians Trained the WW2 Pilots for the following

    The BCATP was an outstanding success. By the end of the war, it had graduated 131,533 pilots, observers, flight engineers, and other aircrew for the air forces of Canada, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. While over half the BCATP graduates came from the North American continent, including about 2,000 French, 900 Czechoslovakians, 680 Norwegians, 450 Poles, and about the same number of Belgians and Dutch.

    72,835 graduates joined the Royal Canadian Air Force

    42,110 graduates joined the Royal Air Force

    9,606 joined the Royal Australian Air Force

    7,002 joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force

    During the Second World War, Canadian industries manufactured war materials and other supplies for Canada, the United States, Britain, and other Allied countries. The total value of Canadian war production was almost $10 billion

    Out of Canada's population of 11.3 million, the total number of workers engaged in essential war industries was 1,049,876, with approximately 2,100,000 more engaged full-time in what was called "essential civilian employment", which included agriculture, communications, and food processing.

    Britain had entered the war with 80,000 military vehicles of all types; however, 75,000 of these British vehicles were left behind in the evacuation at Dunkirk in 1940. Virtually defenceless on the ground, Britain turned to Canada - and particularly the Canadian auto industry - to replace what had been lost. Canada not only replaced these losses, it did much more.

    Canadian industry produced over 800,000 military transport vehicles, 50,000 tanks, 40,000 field, naval, and anti-aircraft guns, and 1,700,000 small arms.

    Of the 800,000 military vehicles of all types built in Canada, 168,000 were issued to Canadian forces. Thirty-eight percent of the total Canadian production went to the British. The remainder of the vehicles went to the other Allies. This meant that the Canadian Army 'in the field' had a ratio of one vehicle for every three soldiers, making it the most mechanized field force in the war.

    The Bombardier company of Valcourt, Quebec, built over 150 military snowmobiles. General Motors developed a frame for another snowmobile, of which 300 were built.

    Canadian Pacific Railway constructed 788 Valentine tanks in its Angus shop in Montreal; its engine was built by General Motors. 5,200 tanks had been built at C.P. Angus and Montreal Locomotive Company shops by the end of the war.

    2,150 twenty-five pounder "Sexton" self-propelled guns were built by Montreal Locomotive Works.

    A heavy utility vehicle body was developed in Canada. Four-thousand such vehicles were manufactured by General Motors in Oshawa. This vehicle body could be mounted on a 4x4 chassis and could, with slight modifications, be used as a personnel carrier, ambulance, light wireless, truck or machinery truck.

    Canadian Firefighters

    Persistent German bombing of cities and factories caused great damage in Britain. Canada sought to give help and the Corps of (Civilian) Canadian Firefighters was organized in 1942 to help British firefighters combat the fires caused by the bombing.

    422 men volunteered for the Corps. Only half of these volunteers were professional firefighters; the other half had no experience.

    The volunteer firemen received $1.30 pay per day from the Canadian government. They received no training other than what the Veteran firefighters could teach them.

    There were 11 casualties, including three deaths, in the Corps of Canadian Firefighters overseas.


    Representatives of several organizations served overseas to provide support to Canadian troops. Although their jobs were often away from the front lines, their work could often be hazardous.

    585 volunteers from the Canadian Legion War Services Incorporated, the Knights of Columbus, the Salvation Army, and the YMCA set up canteens and reading rooms for soldiers. Throughout their volunteer duty, they suffered 71 casualties, including eight dead.

    Medical personnel with the Red Cross and St. John Ambulance Brigade also served. They acted as assistants to nurses and ambulance drivers.

    The above for the Population of Canada and considering it was from sept 1939 to 1946 was Far more than the USA

    Just Because The Canadians Don't Blow their own trumpet Like the USA does Not take away The Magnificent Job of Removing Hitler as an Allie and a Friend Of the free World

    Canada Is One of the Few Quiet achievers

    and today produce the worlds best Snipers

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Ignore the 3 stooges and their answers. They were pretty insulting.

    Canada had a big role in the war. The RCAF participated in the Battle of Britain, the Navy ran convoy duty across the Atlantic and by the end of the war Canada had the 3rd largest navy in the world.

    The Army had troops in Hong Kong and participated in the Battle of Hong Kong - before the US even joined the war (so much for being backup to the US). The Canadian Army were in North Africa and fought all the way up from Sicily through Italy in some of the toughest battles. They also landed on Normandy and traveled up and liberated the Netherlands. To this day Canada and the Netherlands have strong ties.

    The RCAF played a pivotal role with the Pathfinders.

    Canada also trained spies at Camp X, trained Commonwealth pilots, supplied food, munitions, materials to help England withstand the Nazis.

    The Dutch Royal family were given refuge in Canada and when the heir to the throne was about to be born, a small room in an Ottawa hospital was declared Dutch soil so the child would be born on Dutch territory.

    In a country with a small population, 46,998 died fighting. To the idiot who implied Canada did nothing and were cowards - **** off and go learn some history. Stop being an embarassment to your species.

    Source(s): http://wwii.ca/
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  • 9 years ago

    We were the shock troops.

    A big part in the Battle of the Atlantic, guarding convoys to Britain, most often from Halifax, but, also St. John's Newfoundland. Canada had the 3rd largest navy in WWII - from a start of about 5 ships.

    The British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) trained the majority of British Commonwealth aircrew.

    We had a full Army in the field (i.e., multiple corps.). We made the biggest advance on D-Day, and liberated all along the coast, right up to Germany.

    We were one of the armies that helped to liberate Italy. Some of the toughest fighting in the war.

    Our pilots were a big part of the Battle of Britain, and the bombing of Germany.

    We also flew against the Japanese in Burma.

    We had one of the larges military's related to our population: over 1 million in uniform, with a population of 10 million.

    The list goes on....

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  • 5 years ago

    Pretty much Canada supported the European front, they provided some support to the United States on Peliliu island and other Japanese-occupied regions. Including naval support, but to my knowledge no Canadian troop landed on Japan battlesites on foot unless they called for airstrikes or provided food. So they were both an attacking force and supporter.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    The beginning is actually quite funny to be honest.

    For the first 2 years of the war, Canada would steal planes from the U.S and send them to Britain, since Canada and Britain are both a "linked" group, they must be involved with each other's problems.

    Afterwards, when it got more serious, Canadians would fly to Britain and head into battle. Canadians were actually the main reason we took Juno beach and many others on d-day also we were the main reason for the liberation of france.

    After that we just acted as backup when the americans decided to take charge.

    But also before that, montreal sent spies to france, sending back messages of what was going on

  • Jim B
    Lv 7
    9 years ago


    BZ. Plus one .

    Jim B.


    Lv 4
    9 years ago

    They were pretty French about things....as usual.

  • 9 years ago

    to keep people safe! i think they stayed out

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