Canadian Soldiers During World War II Essay

1050 Words Dec 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Canadian soldiers had been active throughout all of the battles that occurred in World War II, though most battles were in Italy, Northwestern Europe, and the North Atlantic. Over 1.1 million soldiers served in the Army, Navy, and Air Force. The casualties of Canadian soldiers were not minor at all, 45000 canadian soldiers lost their lives and 54000 were wounded. By the end of the War Canada had the world 's fourth largest air force and the fifth largest Navy. When Germany had occupied france and much of the European continent for almost four years, in 1944 the English Channel was the only thing that separated Germany from Great Britain.The allies had no choice but to take back all of their allied territories from germany and defeat the Nazi once and for all in the Western Europe. The allies had invaded the French coast at Dieppe on August 19, 1942, but the battle resulted in heavy losses, particularly for Canada. By 1944 the allies had made strong gains against Germany in both Italy and Soviet Union and made the Nazi weaker. One of the best-known battles fought by the canadian troops is the Battle of Ortona in 1943, when the tides of war were shifted in favor of the allies. The Canadian soldiers also played an important role in the battle of Caen on 6th of June, 1944, advancing along the french seacoast to the Pas-de-Calais (a department in northern France), taking Dieppe on the 1st of September, showing the allies had learned their lesson from their failure in August 1942.…

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