Much of the Netherlands was liberated by Canadian forces during the end of the war.

70 years ago: Historic VE Day celebration photos-A large crowd of Utrecht citizens gathers in the streets of the Dutch city, on May to welcome the liberating Allied troops in their hometown.

Canada supplied itself and many other counties with equipment and vehicles. They include England, India, and China.

Canada supplied itself and many other counties with equipment and vehicles. They include England, India, and China.

Canada’s dispatched strong military forces to Britain as soon as possible. Canada’s armed forces grew rapidly. In September 1939 alone, over 58,000 Canadians enlisted. By December, the first Canadian troops were on their way to Britain. Three years later, the First Canadian Army formed the heart of Canada’s 250,000-strong overseas commitment. Ottawa also placed its navy at Britain’s disposal and sent two fighter squadrons to Britain before the end of 1940. Many others would follow.

The Canadian War Museum - A Chronology of Canadian Military History. Canada’s dispatched strong military forces to Britain as soon as possible.

Winnipeg Grenadiers manning a machine gun post in Hong Kong, December 1941

Winnipeg Grenadiers manning a machine gun post in Hong Kong, December 1941

Normandy 1944

D-Day, Juno Beach - Reinforcements going ashore from a (LCA) Landing Craft Assault from H. Prince Henry off the Normandy bridgehead.

In early 1944, Canada reinforced its commitment in Italy and organized its forces there into I Canadian Corps. In May, the Canadians broke the ‘Hitler Line’ defences south of Rome and later that summer pierced the heavily-defended ‘Gothic Line’ fortifications further north. In February 1945, I Canadian Corps transferred to Northwest Europe. More than 92,000 Canadians served in Italy at a cost of 26,000 casualties, including more than 5300 dead.

The Canadian War Museum - A Chronology of Canadian Military History. The Italian Campaign. Canadian forces participated from the beginning in the Allied campaign in Italy.

Of 116,000 workers employed by the Canadian aeronautical industry during the Second World War, 30,000 were women. So most of them did jobs usually entrusted to men. Ronny Jaques, photograph, Downsview (Ontario), September 1944

Female worker wearing face mask spray-painting the landing gear of a De Havilland Mosquito airplane on the production line.

The Canadian navy played a vital role in the battle of the Atlantic. Many Allied merchant ships traveled from Nova Scotia to England and required the protection of Canadian convoys from German U-boats.

This is a primary source or picture of the battle of the Atlantic, this shows changes toward Canada because it was a very long battle that Canada took place in. The end of the battle resulted in the defeat of Germany which heavily effected Canada.

Canada contributed to the war effort with it's own air-force as well as training the pilots of the other ally nations.

The Canadian War Museum - A Chronology of Canadian Military History. Canada’s largest air force commitment overseas was to Britain’s Bomber Command.

The Dieppe Raid, August 1942. (National Archives of Canada C-14160)

Dieppe Raid Aug 1942 - Canadian and British troops raided the French port of Dieppe to test German defences. The raid lasted only 9 hours, but of the nearly 5000 Canadian soldiers involved, more than 900 were killed and 1874 taken prisoner.

Canadian infantry fighting in Italian cities during WWII

The Canadian War Museum - A Chronology of Canadian Military History. The Italian Campaign. Canadian forces participated from the beginning in the Allied campaign in Italy.

Women working at the General Engineering Company (Canada) munitions factory, [ca. 1943]

Photo: Women working at the General Engineering Company (Canada) munitions factory, [ca.

Propaganda played a large role in the funding and aiding of the Canadian war effort.

Propaganda played a large role in the funding and aiding of the Canadian war effort.

Normandy Landing

Normandy Landing View looking east along 'Nan White' Beach, showing personnel of the Canadian Infantry Brigade landing from LCI(L) 299 of the Canadian RN) Flotilla on D-Day.(photo by G. Milne, courtesy Library and Archives Canada,

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