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Canada At War

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Any war is a horrific event that may last years. Wars leave a legacy of death and destruction. They aren’t just for soldiers and battlefields but for new weapons that make destruction possible on our lands, beneath our seas, and in our air. They bring suffering and death to all families, races and nationalities. No matter where you live during the wars, they can effect you; seeing families destroyed, lives taken and children screaming in horror. In each World War Canada took apart defending their parent country, helping the countries that needed their help. We, as Canadians, should feel proud because many men from our Canadian Troops gave up their families, their friends even their lives to give the countries that needed them the freedom that Canadians had.
The Black Watches were a famous Scottish army command known as the Royal Highland Regiment. The troop was founded when there were threats of local trouble in Scotland. So eight leaders each raised a company of soldiers designed to keep peace. The first duties included controlling the uprising clans in the Scottish Highlands.
The Battalion’s worth as a military was proven on many occasions. The troops were called out to serve for many months on the Canadian border of the Niagara Peninsula and the Eastern Townships during the Fenian Raids of 1886 and 1870. The Canadian Troops also set out in aid of the civil power in 1877 during the Orange Riots, the Quebec riots which were a year later and served at the smallpox Riot of 1885. Due to Canada’s service over seas in Africa, the Royal Highlanders were awarded the battle honour, South Africa 1889-1900.
1905 was the year that the Royal Highlanders Regiment was formally allied with the Black Watch Troops in Scotland, and in 1906 that army was ordered to form a second army. It was the only two-army command stationed in one city for years.
On August 1st, 1914 Sir Robert Borden, the Prime Minister of Canada, offered the Black Watch’s of Canada to help Great Britain in a war against Germany, Great Britain accepted the offer. 300 of the men volunteered. During World War I, three more Black Watch armies were formed. By the end of the month the Black Watch has over 1,000 men. Over 60% of the original soldiers were of British origin.
During the first acts of war, the Canadian army lost over a hundred officers, and nearly 460 other ranks.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that wars leave a legacy of death and destruction. they bring suffering and death to all families, races and nationalities.
  • Describes the black watches, a famous scottish army command known as the royal highland regiment, which was founded when there were threats of local trouble in scotland.
  • Explains that the battalion's worth as a military was proven on many occasions. the royal highlanders were awarded the battle honour, south africa, 1889-1900.
  • Explains that the royal highlanders regiment was formally allied with the black watch troops in scotland in 1905, and in 1906 that army was ordered to form a second army.
  • Explains that sir robert borden offered the black watch’s of canada to help great britain in a war against germany.
  • Explains that the canadian army lost over a hundred officers and nearly 460 other ranks during the first acts of war. the unit won the victorian cross, which is england's highest military honour.
  • Explains that the army took part in battles around amines, chaulnes and roye. the canadian army attacked the germans outside of hangar woods.
  • Explains that the black watch regiment served from 1914 to 1918 during world war i. during the war there were 5,881 casualties and nearly 1,110 were dead.
  • Explains that the second world war began on september 1, 1939, when the germans began to attack poland. britain and france declared war on germany, but the canadian troops did not automatically enter the war.
  • Describes how the royal highlanders fought for 20 long months in italy and were part of the front lines during d-day on june 6, 1944.
  • Describes how canadians fought steadily from june 6, 1944, until the defeat of germany, 11 months later. they took part in almost 30 battles across france, belgium, holland, and into germany.
  • Explains that the greatest battle ever took place in canadian history was d-day, at may-sur-orne and st. andre on july 25th, 1944.
  • Describes how the black watch troops were deployed in the netherlands for a further two months, then returned to canada to be demobilised from the active army.
  • Explains that the black watch was one of the armies that served in korea, germany with the nato forces, and regular tours of duty with un peacekeeping forces in cyprus.
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