Saturday, April 3, 2010

WWII: Canada Declares War on Germany

With the end of the great depression, Canada and US (now that our blog is renamed to intercontinental history ) had to sallow another bitter news: WWII.

Redundantly speaking, the worst thing to the Ivanov family in this time was the broke out of the WWII. Departure of hundreds of other men in Brandon and in Winnipeg made the whole country miserable. Unlike in the WWI, there were no celebrations or patriot movements. In the WWI, according to Mr. Ivanov, everybody was cheerful and enthusiastic; however, they did not see the tragic forthcoming of it. Having all these remarkable experience, many people didn’t agree with the declaration of new war. Among them, one was James S. Woodsworth, and they were the people whom many took into account as heroes. Almost every young man had to depart from his families to participate for the war. After leaving Canada, most men served at Dipper Raid in 1942. During the battle, the French Coast became a pool of blood. Almost 1000 soldiers were killed during the combat. Some were lucky enough to survive to tell the story. They returned to Britain after a miserable failure on the French Coast Lack of readiness was the major cause to this tragic situation. Afterwards, many were re-directed to serve in the Italian Campaign in 1943. The mission, Operation Husky, launched to liberate Italy. Many young, amateur, soldiers friends gained a reputation as elite fighters, where they fought for neighbouring houses until the enemy was get out of those houses. Soon the Canadians managed to complete the mission successfully. Nevertheless, around 2500 soldiers lost their lives; but, unlike Dieppe Raid, many of survived. Anyhow, the victory in Italy was a major step forward for Allied victory over Nazis.

Just like the WWI, US didn’t join Canada and other allies at the wake of the WWII. They followed a “wait and see” strategy. The same can be re-written as, “we don’t care about others, let’s wait and see. Only if they attack us, then will fight.” However (just for the record), US did join allied forces and played a major role in liberating France.

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