Europe was on the verge of collapse and Canada and it’s allies couldn’t just stand by and watch it happen. Canada got involved. It is Remembrance Day on November 11, and so we humbly bring you Facts About Canada During World War II. We will be bringing War facts throughout the entire the week. Canada played a very important role in World War II as you will see below. They fought for Canada and it’s friends. They fought for justice and what was right. They fought for Europe.
1. When World War II ended in September 2, 1945… Canada had a very powerful military, one of the best in the world: the 5th largest army and the world’s 4th largest air force in the world.
2. Over 1 million men and women served in the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II.
3. Canada lost an estimated 42,000 soldiers and and around 55,000 wounded.
4. Despite it’s enormous cost of over $20 billion dollars, World War II made the Canadian economy bigger and stronger and strengthened the country’s position in world affairs.
5. When Japan attacked Pearl Habor, Canada declared war on Japan before the United States.
6. Canada entered World War II when it declared war on Germany and it’s Nazi leader Hitler – September 10/1939.
7. Our brave women also served the military, over 50,000 Canadian women joined the Canadian Armed Forces.
8. World War II ended in 1945, on May 8 in Europe as well as on August 15, 1945 in Asia.
9. 16 Canadians were awarded the Canadian Victoria Cross for their bravery during the war; the highest award to service men and women.
10. Teaming up with the United States and Britain; over 14,000 Canadians were involved on D-Day when the allies landed on the beaches of Normandy – France.
11. Over 3,000 Aboriginal Canadians joined the Canadian Armed Forces.
12. Before D-Day, Operation Jubilee was costly for Canada; 916 Canadians died, and around 1,950 captured – August 19, 1942.
13. Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, the Estevan Point lighthouse came under fire by Japan during World War II.