Canadian contribution to military struggles in 20th century.

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Indigenous Veterans

Indigenous people have profound contribution to wartime struggles in Europe. During the First World War many aboriginal Canadians joined to military service, despite many law obstacles. They were recruited as snipers (due to their outstanding marksman’s abilities) and as reconnaissance scouts.

When the Second World War erupted, aboriginal Canadians once again proved that they are substantial power. They served as snipers and scouts, but also, what is new, as “code talker”. Some indigenous peoples, like Charles Checker Tompkins of Alberta, had helped to pass coded orders and coordinate wartime actions.

During the Korean War in 1950 many Indigenous people served in the Far East to prevent spread of communism.

Indigenous men and women have continued to proudly serve in uniform in the post-war years. They fought in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of NATO forces.

Canadians during the World War I

Canadians had great impact on military struggles during World War I. Famous victory at Vimy Ridge was perhaps most iconic battle in Canada’s history. The Battle of Vimy Ridge began on Easter Monday, April 9, 1917. It was splendid Canadian triumph, which help create a new and stronger sense of Canadian identity. Canada’s military achievements during the war raised our international stature and helped earn us a separate signature on the Treaty of Versailles that ended the First World War. 

The Dieppe Raid

The Dieppe Raid was launched on August 19, 1942, and was the bloodiest day for Canada’s military in the Second World War. Almost 5000 Canadian soldiers took part in the Dieppe Raid. The goal of this military operation was to test enemy defenses system and collect intelligence on German technology and secret military codes, in order to prepare better invasion in the near future (operation D-Day). It was also the first military action which practice coastal landing techniques on enemy territory.

Unfortunately, things went wrong and the German started a dreadful retaliation on the attacking Canadians. Some 916 of Canadian soldiers were killed in the first step of invasion and almost 2000 were taken as prisoners. It was the darkest chapter in entire Canadia's military struggle during the war. 

 

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