Unit 2 The First World War of 1914–1918 was the bloodiest conflict in Canadian history, taking the lives of nearly 61,000 Canadians. It erased romantic notions of war, introducing slaughter on a massive scale, and instilled a fear of foreign military involvement that would last until the Second World War. The great achievements of Canadian soldiers on battlefields such as Ypres, Vimy and Passchendaele, however, ignited a sense of national pride and a confidence that Canada could stand on its…

Unit 2 The First World War of 1914–1918 was the bloodiest conflict in Canadian history, taking the lives of nearly 61,000 Canadians. It erased romantic notions of war, introducing slaughter on a massive scale, and instilled a fear of foreign military involvement that would last until the Second World War. The great achievements of Canadian soldiers on battlefields such as Ypres, Vimy and Passchendaele, however, ignited a sense of national pride and a confidence that Canada could stand on its…

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A boat heading towards Dieppe full of Canadian soldiers.
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First world war -- Canadian soldiers in trenches.  My father fought in the second World War - where they also dug trenches.  War is hell.

First world war -- Canadian soldiers in trenches. My father fought in the second World War - where they also dug trenches. War is hell.

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Female Canadian Soldier. --Other pinner says...This isn't my niece, but it could be. She was a combat infantry solier and medic. 5' tall and 100 lbs, at the beginning of a patrol her load-out would be 120 lbs, plus her medical kit and her C7 rifle. She volunteered for 3 tours. Canada, unlike the U.S. has has women serving in combat roles for many years. Af'stan was a long, vicious, dangerous war. Soldiers do not decide where we fight; we owe them all.

Female Canadian Soldier. --Other pinner says...This isn't my niece, but it could be. She was a combat infantry solier and medic. 5' tall and 100 lbs, at the beginning of a patrol her load-out would be 120 lbs, plus her medical kit and her C7 rifle. She volunteered for 3 tours. Canada, unlike the U.S. has has women serving in combat roles for many years. Af'stan was a long, vicious, dangerous war. Soldiers do not decide where we fight; we owe them all.

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Private DB MacDonald - Royal Canadian Regiment - Oct 1943, Campobasso Italy
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