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HIST 203
Jarrett Rudy

Canada at War World War One (1914-1918) Recap: Canadians had just arrived in England, their weaponry was not very useful and it was now evident the war would not be over before Christmas. Sam Hughes was more or less in charge of the entire production. He did not want a professional army but a citizens militia. He wanted volunteers, men stepping forward, this is what he believed made superior soldiers. Battles in 1915 4 Battalions would be formed. The first would see its first major action at the 2 battle ofYpres. They took to the trenches and five days later, a green/yellow cloud was seen rising from the German lines. The Germans were using chlorine gas. Confusion set in amongst Canadian and British Generals. They held the line as long as possible but had to retreat two miles.After the second battle of Ypres, the Germans looked towards the east. At Festubert in May they were mowed down by machine guns, 2500 dead At Givenchy-Lez-la-Basse in June, 350 Canadians were killed These battles were fought in Trench warfare – they had three lines of trenches. – Dawn and dusk were the most likely times for an attack. – Day time was for relaxation – Night time was reserved for making general repairs – Proper dugouts were reserved for officers and soldiers slept in the trenches. – The conditions were awful, rats, mice, lice, trench fever, rotting bodies, trench foot Half of those killed would be due to mortars or artillery When the war did not end before christmas, the British thought that it was a failure. – They blamed Canada – The British did not want to buy Canadian goods because they were not very good, instead they wanted to buy american goods but this upset Prime Minister Borden – Hughes had established a shell committee, they were supposed to make sure soldiers had uniforms, guns, ammunition. They were also supposed to supply British troops as well. By May 1915, the British had ordered 200 000 shells and 170 000 000$ worth of goods. Up to that point however, they had only received 5 000 000$ worth of goods. In December 1915, the shell committee was pushed aside. – Flavel took over. He was more focused, he crushed strikes, brought in women. He not only cracked down on business but on capital as well. In 1917, close to 1/3 of the shells fired by the British were made in Canada. The munitions board went outside the factories as well to encourage farmers to produce more crops. 6 ways the government sought to finance the war 1. printing more money (causes inflation) 2. Through raising tariffs on things like coffee, sugar and tobacco 3. Bonds (London and NewYork -expensive) 4. War Bonds (enormous success) 5. Business war Profits tax (1916) 6. Income Tax (1917) Government Involvement in the Economy – Controlled grain market – Fuel (heatless sunday's) – Food – Nationalized several railways (ex GTR) would form the CNR (Canadian national Railway) th – Shell committee dissolved December 15 Recruitment volunteers – By June 1915 150 000 enlisted – Colour line (African Canadians segregated units – Japanese avoided) – Native Canadian sought – by end of 1916: 299 937 troops – 1 in 6 male Canadians between 15-54 British had a misconception about Canadians, thinking that they were all lumberjacks, hunters, farmers. Most of them who signed up, they were te
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