Contemporary Accounts

Canada at War, No. 40

First published in August of 1940, the Canada at War series aimed to provide Canadians with the most up-to-date information on the war effort, both at home and overseas. This is the 40th issue in the French-language version of that series.

Canada at War, Nov. 1942

First published in August of 1940, the Canada at War series aimed to provide Canadians with the most up-to-date information on the war effort, both overseas and at home. This booklet is one of two supplementals to that series, published in September and October of 1942, especially devoted to the subject of the Canadian people and the war effort.

Canada At War, Issue 2

First published in August of 1940, the Canada at War series was designed to provide Canadians with the most up-to-date information on the war effort, both overseas and at home. This is the second issue in the French-language edition of that series.

The Extent of Canada's War Effort

Highlighting the fractured public opinion towards conscription and the "total war" effort that characterized the Canadian home front by 1942, this speech by the Minister of National Defence to the House of Commons attempted to identify the main issues of contention and examine Canada's role as it might evolve in the remaining years of the war.

The war so far

Intended for wide distribution within the armed forces, this booklet provided an incredibly concise account of the first five years of the Second World War.

2nd Tactical Air Force

This brief summary of the tactical use of air power was published just months before the Normandy invasion, when Allied mastery of the skies would be a critical factor in victory.

View PDF: Man Overhead.pdf

Canadian soldiers in Italy

This booklet provided two first-hand accounts of Canada's participation in the campaign in Italy, beginning with the Sicily landings in July 1943

View PDF: Cdn Recce Regt.pdf

Canadian Defence and the Navy Question

Beginning in 1890s, Canadians had weighed in on the naval question, an increasingly contentious issue with no clear national consensus that contributed to the fall of the Wilfrid Laurier government in 1911. This pamphlet notes the re-emergence of the naval issue as a central topic of debate early in the First World War as Canadians confronted the immediate problem of defence.

Canada At War: A Summary of Canada's Part in the War, October 1st, 1941

The "Canada at War" series was intended to serve as up-to-date source material for speakers and for citizens desiring information about Canada's participation in the war. It was revised and issued monthly, containing the most recent available facts and figures.

News of the Fighting French

This magazine, printed in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, provided news of the war work of the Free French movement, led by Charles de Gaulle.

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Canada’s War Record

During the Second World War, the federal government produced frequent updates on the nation's war effort as a quick reference for journalists, politicians, business leaders, and the general public.

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