Cold War Canada Essay

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World War II started a technological revolution for Canadian engineers and research. As Canada’s economy started to boom, Canadian development was one step ahead. Canadians insisted on changing their identity to an internationally noted world power. The Cold war ignited Canada’s change of identity. This was the first war where Canada was seriously threatened by attack coming to their territory. Canada changed its identity from being an agriculture and rural place to a strong nation with a booming economy, resilient military, heavy manufacturing and innovative economy. The thought of nuclear attacks caused Canadians to want to be more involved in this war. This meant a lot more time and money was dedicated towards the research and development …show more content…
During the war 's early years, the allies gave the responsibilities of developing and improving radar technology to Canada. Canada’s involvement in the advancement of radar technology was crucial to help to develop it to where the technology has come today. Canadian scientists developed the Plan Position Indicator, also known as sonar which still in use today. Canada provided 9000 of these sets, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, to the Allies. The National Research Council built and installed the new submarine detection radar in the St. Lawrence River in just seven days. A difficulty Canadians found with the sonar technology was that when there is water with various temperatures the signal is deflected and the systems become unreliable. This became noted when Canadians used the technology when tracking the German submarines in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The Canadian Research also lead to improvements in the radar system like the computerized trackball. Now these are used in a computer mouse, however their intended use was for radar. This breakthrough occurred because Canada had specialized training initiatives to meet the need for the technological war that might happen. Canada created the National Research Council, which was where people skilled in electronics would work. This meant Canada was able to satisfy Britain’s request to provide impressive research and developments. The …show more content…
Canada’s war contributions didn’t only come in battle, but also back home at the National Research Council. The NRC’s research on explosives led to the development of RDX, an explosive stronger than TNT. The NRC was a military science and weapon research organization. They participated with the allies to perform important research that lead to many of the important developments that helped to protect the military. The NRC (National Resource Council) developed nylon Parachutes, and chemicals to improve oxygen supplies in submarines and to produce drinking water from seawater. Donald Higgs created the “packset” which is now known as the walkie-talkie. The walkie-talkie was used during the world war as a method of portable communication. Canadian scientists developed processes to preserve food. This includes powdered eggs, and powdered milk. These helped solve some of the problems of food transportation and led to the development of some of the powdered and condensed foods still in use today. Artificial fur arose out of Canadians work in developing improved Arctic clothing for the military. The Canadian Anti-Acoustic Torpedo (CAT) gear was developed as a counter-measure to enemy acoustic torpedoes. This invention is credited with saving many ships from torpedo attacks. A very impressive aspect of the NRC is that the average age of members who

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