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The Economic Boom

Type: Document

A war economy led to a more heavily industrialized Canada and prepared it for the economic boom that followed.

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Third Anniversary of Landing of First Flight of 1st Canadian Division

Type: Document

This report describes the parade marking the occasion and the press conference afterwards. The object of the parade, while celebrating this anniversary, was also to demonstrate the remarkable progress in the matter of equipment made by the Canadian Army Overseas during their time in England and the contribution being made by Canadian industry in the production of such equipment. The greater part of the weapons, vehicles and other equipment shown were products of Canadian factories.

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The Effect of NATO

Type: Document

Participation in NATO accelerated Canada’s military rearmament program after the Second World War, and remained a high political priority even when reductions affected the size of the forces in Europe. NATO’s political and economic aspects were seen as essential for Canadian security, and even promoted the 1980’s rearmament programs.

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Situation of the Canadian Forces in the United Kingdom, Summer, 1941 - V - The Problem of Equipment

Type: Document

Major Stacey provides an in-depth report on the problems involved in supplying various Canadian military groups with the appropriate weapons.

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Tank Production in Canada

Type: Document

This report describes the production of tanks in Canada as requested by British authorities during World War II, especially the problems caused by Canada's lack of facilities and other production concerns.

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Political Divisions

Type: Document

The difference of opinions between the Francophone and Anglophone communities on supporting the war lead to the 1917 conscription crisis and the formation of a Union government. While there was remarkable industrial expansion during the war, Canada emerged from the war with a divided people.

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Engineering and Naval Construction

Type: Document

Thanks to its supplies of wood and iron ore, Canada was the site of a shipyard building ships for the French Navy from 1739. A series of warships and transports were built. This site of a major shipyard in a colony was most unusual for the period.

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Canadian Mobilization

Type: Document

In 1939, Canada's military mobilized to support the war effort. After the disaster at Dunkirk in 1940, the government turned from an all volunteer force to partial conscription for territorial defence. Over one million Canadians served during the war, including over 41% of the male population serving in the military in one form or another.

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NORAD’s Legacy

Type: Document

The value and legacy of Canada's role in the North American Air Defence Agreement (NORAD) continues to be debated.

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