Grade 10 History Notes

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Unit One: World War One Term | Definition | Significance | The Treaty of Versailles | * The treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919. * Was signed by Britain, France, Italy and Germany. * The terms essentially blamed Germany for the war * Canada earned more independence | * Germany lost Resources, land, population, and income. * This led to the rise of Hitler, and led to world war two. | The Battle of Vimy Ridge | * This was a battle fought in 1917. The Canadians had to take over the ridge which was located on the Douai plain, in France, and was in control by the Germans * To take over the ride it was split into 5 parts | * This was the high point of Canadian military * The use of “creeping barrage” allowed the ridge to be taken over quickly * The battle was short * Years later they made a memorial to commemorate the 11,000+ soldiers who died at Vimy ridge. | The Halifax Explosion | * This took place when two ships that had explosive materials aboard, they collided while pulling out of the port * This explosion ruined about 1.6 km of land mass | * Left many Canadians dead or blind * Damaged the economy * Later months when the war ended, the port was not ready to take ships which was also a factor that delayed the soldiers from returning | Life in the Trenches | * Horrible, the trenches were filled with rats and lice * Soldiers were always cold, soaking wet, and hungry * Trenches were uneven and intricate | * Soldiers were really messed up by the life in the trenches. * The content gunfire caused soldiers to develop a mental illness known as “shell shock” * They could develop trench foot which was the rotting and swelling of flesh | Women and World War One | * Men that left for the war, left families and jobs behind * Women took the jobs of the men because they needed to provide for a family * Other women were war nurses | * Without the women urging the war years,

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