On September 10 1939, Canada declared war on Germany. This was Canada's first independent declaration of war. Over 1 million citizens served in the military and by the end of the war Canada had the fourth-largest air force and third-largest navy fleet in the world. Around 41% of Canadian males 18–45 served in the military. WW2 would not have been won if it weren't for the huge contributions Canada made to help the allies. Canada made one of the largest commitments to the effort, and was very important for its role in liberating Europe. We supplied the British people when they stood alone in Europe. We had a huge role in the invasion of Italy. When it was time to open up a second front in Europe again we were there to help. One of Canada’s biggest contributions to the war was our Navy. At the start of the war our Navy was obsolete. But by the Battle of the Atlantic we were escorting cargo ships bound for Britain, it was these convoys that supported millions of people and kept Britain in the war. It was very dangerous however because of the wolf packs of German U-boats. You never knew when the u boats were going to strike. Never the less, Canadians continually signed up and gave their lives to protect their allies. Also conditions at sea were sometimes unbearable and very dangerous. Many brave Canadians died. Despite our losses we won the Battle of the Atlantic which was essential in the winning of the war.
The Italian Campaign was one of the hardest campaigns in the war. It was supposed to be the “soft underbelly of Europe” but it proved to be anything but that. Fighting was often house to house in close quarters battle. Canada played a large role in the invasion of Sicily, we invaded a 60-kilometer stretch of coast. This was the foothold the allies needed for the invasion of the Italian mainland. Canada also had a leading role in the invasion of Italy, particularly at the Battle of Ortona where Canadians demonstrated their bravery and...
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