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There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours. You, the mothers who sent their sons from far away countries, wipe away your tears. Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace.
After having lost their lives on this land, they have become our sons as well. When the AIF divisions arrived in France, the war on the Western Front had long settled into a stalemate, with the opposing armies facing each other from trench systems that extended across Belgium and north-east France, from the English Channel to the Swiss border.
The development of machine-guns and artillery favoured defence over attack and compounded the impasse, which lasted until the final months of the war. While the overall hostile stalemate continued throughout andthe Australians and other allied armies repeatedly attacked, preceded by massive artillery bombardments intended to cut barbed wire and destroy enemy defences. After these bombardments, waves of attacking infantry emerged from the trenches into no man's land and advanced towards enemy positions.
The surviving Germans, protected by deep and heavily reinforced bunkers, were usually able to repel the attackers with machine-gun fire and artillery support from the rear. These attacks often resulted in limited territorial gains followed, in turn, by German counter-attacks. Both sides sustained heavy losses. In July Australian infantry were introduced to this type of combat at Fromelles, where they suffered 5, casualties in 24 hours. By the end of the year about 40, Australians had been killed or wounded on the Western Front.
In a further 76, Australians became casualties in battles, such Bullecourt, Messines, and the four-month campaign around Ypres, known as the Battle of Passchendaele. In March the German army launched its final offensive of the war, hoping for a decisive victory before the military and industrial strength of the United States could be fully mobilised in support of the allies.
The Germans initially met with great success, advancing 64 kilometres past the region of the Somme battles, before the offensive lost momentum. Between April and November the stalemate of the preceding years began to give way, as the allies combined infantry, artillery, tanks, and aircraft more effectively, demonstrated in the Australian capture of Hamel spur on 4 July In early October the Australian divisions withdrew from the front for rest and refitting; they were preparing to return when Germany surrendered on 11 November.
Unlike their counterparts in France and Belgium, the Australians in the Middle East fought a mobile war against the Ottoman Empire in conditions completely different from the mud and stagnation of the Western Front. The light horsemen and their mounts had to survive extreme heat, harsh terrain, and water shortages.
Nevertheless, casualties were comparatively light, with 1, Australians killed or wounded in three years of war. This campaign began in with Australian troops participating in the defence of the Suez Canal and the allied reconquest of the Sinai peninsular.
In the following year Australian and other allied troops advanced into Palestine and captured Gaza and Jerusalem; by they had occupied Lebanon and Syria. On 30 October Turkey sued for peace.
Australians also served at sea and in the newly formed flying corps. The First World War was the first armed conflict in which aircraft were used. About 3, Australian airmen served in the Middle East and France with the Australian Flying Corps, mainly in observation capacities or providing infantry support. When flying over enemy lines he noticed his mate, Captain Rutherford, had been brought down with his plane and was about to be captured by the Turks.
An Allied airfield at Eindhoven, Netherlands, the home base of three fighter squadrons and Photo Squadron. Great numbers of Canadians served in units of Britain's Royal Air Force, and the growth of a national Canadian air organization overseas was delayed. Nevertheless, by the German surrender, 48 RCAF squadrons were overseas, virtually completely manned by Canadian officers and men.
A landmark was the formation of No. It grew ultimately to 14 squadrons. It was commanded successively by Air Vice-Marshals G. The Bomber Command's task was the night bombing of Germany, a desperately perilous job calling for sustained fortitude.
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Almost 10, Canadians lost their lives in this command. Squadrons in North America worked in antisubmarine operations off the Atlantic coast and co-operated with US air forces against the Japanese in the Aleutian Islands. RCAF aircraft destroyed or had a part in destroying 20 enemy submarines.
During the warmen and 17, women served in the RCAF, and 17, lost their lives. Laurent at Halifax, by Edwin Holgate,oil painting on canvas. On 2 July the St. Laurent rescued more than people after the liner Arandora Star was sunk by a German submarine. Previous Next The Royal Canadian Navy was tiny inbut its expansion during the war was remarkable: It manned fighting vessels of various types.
Its primary task was convoy, protecting the troop and supply ships across the Atlantic. It carried an increasing proportion of this burden, fighting grim battles sometimes of several days' duration with U-boat "wolfpacks. During the war it sank or shared in sinking 33 enemy submarines. Murrarywas responsible for convoys in this area. Apart from their main task in the Battle of the AtlanticCanadian naval units took part in many other campaigns, including supporting the Allied landings in North Africa in November ; and to the Normandy operations of Junethe RCN contributed some vessels and 10, men.
During the war it lost 24 warships, ranging from the "Tribal" class destroyer Athabaskan, sunk in the English Channel in Aprilto the armed yacht Raccoon, torpedoed in the St Lawrence in September see U-Boat Operations. In personnel, the navy had 2, fatalities. Canada's industrial contribution to victory was considerable, though it began slowly.
After the Allied reverses in Europe inBritish orders for equipment, which had been a trickle, became a flood. In August an amended Act gave the minister almost dictatorial powers, and under it the industrial effort expanded vastly.
Various Crown Corporations were instituted for special tasks. New factories were built, and old ones adapted for war purposes. Whereas in the First World War Canadian production had largely been limited to shells no weapons were made except the Ross Riflenow a great variety of guns and small arms was produced.
Many ships, notably escort vessels and cargo carriers, were built; there was large production of aircraft, including Lancaster bombers; and the greatest triumph of the program was in the field of military vehicles, of whichwere made. More than half the industrial war material produced went to Britain. Britain could not possibly pay for all of it; so Canada, in the interest of helping to win the war, and keeping her factories working, financed a high proportion. At the beginning of a billion-dollar gift was devoted to this purpose.
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The next year a program of mutual aid to serve Allied nations generally, but still in practice mainly directed to Britain, was introduced. Atomic War Canada had a limited role in the development of atomic energy, a fateful business that was revealed when atomic bombs were dropped on Japan in August Canada had an available source of uranium in a mine at Great Bear Lake, which led to Mackenzie King's being taken into the greater Allies' confidence in the matter in That summer the Canadian government acquired control of the mine.
A team of scientists that had been working on the project in England was moved to Canada. A Canadian policy committee decided in to construct an atomic reactor at the Chalk Nuclear Laboratories. The first reactor there did not "go critical" until after the Japanese surrender. Canada had no part in producing the bombs used against Japan, unless some Canadian uranium was used in them, which seems impossible to determine.
Winston Churchill and Lieutenant General A. Previous Next Canada had no effective part in the higher direction of the war.
This would have been extremely difficult to obtain, and King never exerted himself strongly to obtain it. It is possible that he anticipated that doing so would have an adverse effect upon his personal relations with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and American President Franklin D.
Roosevelt, which he considered very important to him politically. Even to these King was a party only as host.
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Although Canadian forces were employed in accordance with the Combined Chiefs' decisions, it is a curious fact that Canada was never officially informed of the institution of the committee at the end of Even formal recognition of Canadian sovereignty was minimal; although the directives of the Allied commanders for the war against Japan were issued in the names of the US, Britain, Australia and New Zealand, the directive to General Dwight D.
Eisenhower, supreme commander in northwest Europe, under whom large Canadian forces served, made no mention of Canada. Canadian relations with the US became notably closer during the war. From the moment King resumed office inhe had cultivated his connection with Roosevelt. During the first months of the war there was little contact, but the fears aroused by early German victories immediately produced a rapprochement.
On 18 AugustKing and Roosevelt, meeting at Ogdensburg, NY, announced an agreement not a formal treaty to set up a Permanent Joint Board on Defencewhich met frequently thereafter to discuss mutual defence problems. In Canada's balance of payments with the US became serious, largely because of the difficulty of financing imports from the US resulting from Canada's industrial production for Britain.
It was solved by the Hyde Park Declaration on 20 April. Nevertheless, King sometimes worried over what he saw as a danger of the US absorbing Canada. A reaction to American activity in the Canadian North eg, the building of the Alaska Highway in was the appointment in of a Special Commissioner for Defence Projects in the Northwest, to reinforce Canadian control in the region.
The Conscription Issue The worst political problems that arose in Canada during the war originated in the conscription question, and King had more difficulties in his own Liberal Party than with the Opposition. The election of 26 Marchbefore the war reached a critical stage, indicated that the country was happy with a limited war effort and gave King a solid majority. Byagitation for overseas conscription in the English-speaking parts of the country led King to hold a plebiscite on releasing the government from its pledge.
Nevertheless, there was still little active enthusiasm for conscription in English Canada; when Arthur Meighen returned to the Conservative leadership and advocated overseas conscription, he failed to be elected even in a Toronto constituency. But the atmosphere changed after casualties mounted. After the Normandy campaign in a shortage of infantry reinforcements arose and Minister of National Defence Colonel J.
Ralston told Cabinet that the time for overseas conscription had come. King, who had apparently convinced himself that there was a conspiracy in the ministry to unseat him and substitute Ralston, dismissed Ralston and replaced him with McNaughton. The latter failed to prevail on any large number of home-defence conscripts to volunteer for overseas service, and King, finding himself faced with resignations of conscriptionist ministers, which would have ruined his government, agreed to send a large group of the conscripts overseas.
Making the Peace Canada had little share in making the peace. The great powers, which had kept the direction of the war in their own hands, did the same now.
The so-called peace conference in Paris in the summer of merely gave the lesser Allies, including Canada, an opportunity of commenting upon arrangements already made. Canada signed treaties only with Italy, Hungary, Romania and Finland. With Germany divided and the eastern part of the country dominated by the Soviet Union, there was never a German treaty. InCanada, like other Western powers, ended the state of war with Germany by royal proclamation.
That year a treaty of peace with Japan, drafted by the US, was signed by most Allied states, including Canada but not including the communist powers. The Canadian war cemetery at Dieppe.
Previous Next The financial cost of the Canadian war effort was astronomical. Other costs due to the war have continued to accumulate. During the war, 1, Canadian men and women performed full-time duty in the three services. The cost in blood was smaller than in the First World Warbut still tragic: