Second World War

1939 – 1945

In 1939, Germany invaded Poland. This started more than six years of bitter fighting in the Second World War, which finally ended in 1945. More than one million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in uniform, both here at home and around the world. Over 45,000 of our brave men and women in uniform gave their lives and another 55,000 were wounded.


Second World War battles

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Second World War stories

People and stories main page

Classroom materials

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Lesson plan: Ages 8-11

I Remember the Italian Campaign

To increase youth awareness of Canadian efforts in the Italian Campaign during the Second World War.

Lesson plan: Ages 8-12

A deadly day

To increase youth awareness of the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid during the Second World War, and, remember the sacrifices and achivements made by Canadians.

Lesson plan: Ages 12-18

Exploring the Battle of the Atlantic

To help students gain a better understanding of Canada's participation in the Battle of the Atlantic by answering reading comprehension questions.


ORDER OF EVENTS

1 September 1939

Germany invades Poland, setting off fighting in Europe

3 September 1939

Britain enters Second World War and the Battle of the Atlantic begins

10 September 1939

Canada officially enters the Second World War

19 August 1942

Canadians take part in the Dieppe Raid

10 July 1943

Allied forces come ashore in Sicily

6 June 1944

Allied forces come ashore in Normandy on D-Day

5 May 1945

Canadians complete liberation of the Netherlands

8 May 1945

V-E Day: Official end of the Second World War in Europe

15 August 1945

V-J Day: Official end of the Second World War


Second World War Tribute Program

The Second World War Tribute program honours the sacrifices and achievements of Canada’s Second World War Veterans.


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