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Organization > National Defence
Subject > Politics and Society > Domestic Politics and International Relations > Peacekeeping and Peacemaking
Proceedings of the XXI st Colloquium of the International Commission of Military History, Quebec City, 20-26 August 1995. Includes papers in English, French, German and Spanish. Includes bibliographical References.
The years immediately following World war II called for large scale re-organization of The RCAF, but while major hostilities had ceased the world's geopolitical climate altered dramatically. This new state of affairs combined with rapid and unceasing technological advancement and political change at home required a reassignment of roles and commitments for Canada's air force which continues to the present day.
Training of Civil Defence Officers took place in Canada, the U.S. and the Far East. Once trained these officers helped Canada meet her commitment to Civil Affairs in Europe and the Allied Control Commission for Germany. These organizations were formed to aide overseas governments in returning to their pre-war state.
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The two world wars proved that events elsewhere could have a direct impact on Canada and its place in the world. The United Nations was seen as a mechanism to secure international peace and Canada initially supported observer missions to the Middle East, Kashmir and Indonesia, often contributing senior officers to command positions
A list of operational missions on which Canadian soldiers, sailors, and Air Force personnel are currently deployed. Includes links to more information about these missions.
The dissolution of world communism which began in 1989 signaled an era in which the United Nations might act as the world's great arbiter of international conflict. To this aim UN peacekeeping operations continued to be a major occupation of Canada's armed forces and the role of military observation depended on effective signals intelligence, in which Canada was a world leader.
A list of past operational missions on which Canadian soldiers, sailors and Air Force personnel have been deployed. Includes links to more information about these missions.
Prime Minister Wilfred Laurier wished to avoid a confrontation between Anglophones and Francophones over the South African war. The British General Officer Commanding attempted to influence the decision, which resulted in his being the last British officer in that position. Laurier finally relented, allowing a volunteer force - the 2nd [Special Service] Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment - to be raised from the Permanent and Non-Permanent Militia, as well as from the general populace.
This report records the Canadian contribution to the settlement of the Indonesian/Netherlands dispute over the control of West New Guinea. Canada was requested to send an Air Adviser for the United Nations Security Force Commander and a float-equipped Otter with flying crew, spare parts and a maintenance crew in September 1962.
Also in 1697, the British colony in Newfoundland began a long period where its governor would be the commander of the British Royal Navy squadron in local waters. This pattern of military government was not unusual - a similar military government was in place in Nova Scotia.