Juno Beach Centre | Canada in WWII
 
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Events
 
 On the Eve of War
 The Canadians in Order of Battle
Roads to Victory
 Return to Peace

Our tale starts in the Thirties, in a climate of poverty and political instability. Through violence and terror, Nazi Germany attempted to impose its iron rule on Europe. In September 1939, Canada declared the state of war. Standing up for its allies and summoning all its human, industrial and financial resources in an ongoing war effort, Canada mobilized the mightiest military force in its history. At sea, on land and in the air, Canada was involved in the great campaigns that led to the fall of the German Reich and brought back peace. Events recalls the highlights of WWII as experienced by Canadians.

On the Eve of War

Through the press and radio, Canadians witness the political events that are destabilizing Europe. United, they will once again rise to defend democracy and freedom and help allied countries fight Nazi aggression.  Learn More
The Canadians in Order of Battle
In 1939, well aware that the coming conflict would be long and demanding, Canadians went to war at Britain's side. The Canadian government took immediate measures to increase its military strength, to revitalize industry and to mobilize all the resources of the country in preparation for a sustained war effort.  Learn More
 
Roads to Victory
 
The year 1943 was a turning point of WWII. Allied to serve the common cause of freedom and democracy, Canada, Great Britain, the United States, the countries of the British Commonwealth and free nations suffering under Nazi occupation counter-attacked.  Learn More
Return to Peace
On May 8th, 1945, crowds of civilians and soldiers, shouting and dancing in the streets, gathered to celebrate V-E Day, the Allies' victory in Europe. War was over but much remained to be done before peace could be restored.  Learn More