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Second World War

The Second World War transformed Canada from a quiet country on the fringes of global affairs, into a critical player in the 20th century's most important struggle. Canada carried out a vital role in the Battle of the Atlantic, the air war over Germany, and other important theatres of the conflict. The war took the lives of 43,000 Canadians.

Canadian soldiers landing on Juno Beach, Courseulles-sur-Mer, France, June 6th, 1944.

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Second World War Timeline

The Second World War was one of the most significant events in Canadian history. Canada played a vital role in the Battle of the Atlantic, and contributed forces to the campaigns of western Europe beyond what might be expected of a small nation of then only 11 million people. Between 1939 and 1945 more than one million Canadian men and women served full-time in the armed services.

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Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service
Nursing Sisters at the Royal Canadian Naval Hospital
Canadian Women's Army Corps
Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS)
Canadian Prisoners of War
The Bren Gun Girl
Celebration, Netherlands 1945
Battle of the Atlantic
Nurses Arrive Overseas
Wartime Leaders
En route to Hong Kong
Snipers in Liri Valley, Italy
War Brides
Farewell
Canadian Infantry Going Ashore
Régiment de la Chaudière
Lance-Corporal W.J. Curtis of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps

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