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WWII - Soldier's perspective

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Heidi Bohaker

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HIS263 March 3
World War Two: Soldiers, Citizens and Consumers
The Soldiers Story
More than a million Canadians served in the military during WWII
There were diverse motivations to enlist
Some enlisted because they wanted a job
Others joined for the masculine experience or glory
Others believed that it was a war for freedom and important things
The smallest contribution of Muslims was on water
Missions in the air force were more dangerous than those in the army
The early part of the war gave the soldier the experience of garrison duty
Soldiers often married in the city where they were deployed (war brides)
Security because a large issue
There was also a lot of homosexual activity
If same-sex relationships left the unit level, it became a military discipline issue
One of the Boys by Paul Jackson reveals the disciplinary actions on people who
partook in same-sex activity
Canadians were heavily involved once they were deployed in Europe
Canadians also served in Northern Europe
Canada didnt consider itself a major power in the war
Women and the Home Front
War was also a form of community mobilization
Women played five key roles
Three roles are very traditionally and two seem a lot newer
Women confront the war as wives, sisters and mothers
They form with soldiers overseas networks of gossip and information, and mutual
They are also serve the purpose of pressuring men to sign up
Women also confront the war as consumers
The war is somewhat of a paradox
On one hand, there is lots of purchasing power because the economy is revving up,
but there are very few consumer goods to buy
The key role of women as consumers was to adapt the available goods to meet family
This involved considerable experimentation, stretching and experimentation
There was also extensive production within the home (victory gardens)
There was also participation in black markets
Women were also recycling and collecting recyclable products extensively
Women confront the war as soldiers
They served in womens divisions, but not in combat
The service is not equal
Women receive lower pay, even at the same ranks
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