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One of Canada’s largest military endeavors was the battle of Vimy Ridge during World War One. It was a fierce battle between Germans and Canadians. Canada was trying to take over the German controlled ridge, which ran from northwest to southwest between Lens and Arras, France. Its highest point was 145 feet above sea level, which was exceptionally helpful in battle because of the very flat landscape. Already over 200,000 men had fallen at Vimy, all desperately trying to take or defend this important and strategic ridge.
For example, as Marc Milner clearly and concisely explained, “The Allies won the war in the Atlantic and did it in a convincing style. Canadians proved superior on all fronts, from sheer industrial production to intelligence, equipment, operational research and command and control” (Sarty 18). Also precisely described by Jean Pierre Blackburn, Canadian Minister of Veteran’s Affairs, 2010, The Battle of the Atlantic was one of the most harrowing and important struggles of the Second World War. Many Canadian sailors and civilians crossed the treacherous North Atlantic, under the constant threat of U-boats and carrying dangerous cargo. It was a struggle to sustain the vital lifeline of supplies from Canada's east coast to Britain and the European Front so that the fight for freedom and democracy could continue.
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Their involvement in World War I, especially at the Vimy Ridge Battle made Canada look like a mature nation in the eyes of other countries . More than 10,000 courageous Canadian soldiers were killed and it was also the best successful battle of World War I. Seven Canadians earned the Victoria Cross for their bravery in front of German fire. Soon, Canada started to demand for more freedom and it was granted. From 1930-1959, Canada had achieved the most in terms of attaining independence from Britain because of their successful tactics at the Sicily and the Liberation of Netherlands battles.
Canada was impacted in ways no one would have thought of. World War 2 impacted Canada Politically, Socially and Economically. Canada was impacted very well politically, events leading up to the war like the statue of Westminster allowed Canada to join the war on our own decision. Canada was a powerful country that was in the lead, during the war Canada had the 3rd largest navy. Canada had millions of soldiers fighting but there were many casualties on are navy.
Canada’s world power first came into existence when they became involved in the Great War; this gave them recognition and with that they began to have major influences in the world. The following paragraphs will elaborate on how Canada developed its military and peace keeping abilities to gain recognition on the world’s center stage. Canada’s first involvement in international events started with World War I, where Canadians came together for the first time as one nation. Many great battles of World War I were fought by Canadian forces which helped place Canada in the center stage of the world with the other superpowers. One of the major battles fought by Canadians is the battle of Ypres where Canadians gained their reputation as warriors as their held their line against the ferocious German gas attacks.