This recruiting card was typical in promising to get the volunteer to the front quickly, but unusual in offering valuable training for a postwar career.
For soldiers in training during the First World War, the gas mask was not so much a vital piece of battlefield equipment as an unusual accessory to be modeled in amusing photographs.
After the city of Halifax was devastated by an explosion in 1917, all of the sights that had characterized the war in Europe - ruined buildings, wreckage-strewn cityscapes, rows of unidentified bodies - were seen in Canada.
This pamphlet instructs field engineers on constructing protective works including mortar emplacements, weapon slits, and shelter for troops. This version of the pamphlet dates from 1941. A somewhat different 1944 version is also available on Wartime Canada.
This speech by Lt.Col. James Mess tried to recruit young men to the Canadian Army.
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 42nd issue in that series.
This left-leaning pro-Soviet magazine for youth discussed Canada's war effort.
In preparation for a provincial election, Nova Scotia released these regulations to allow men and women serving in Canada's military, navy, and air forces to vote in their home districts.
This manual instructs medical staff how to assess the health of recruits and service men, and recommends the type of military service appropriate to each physical condition.
Arthur Meighen, briefly Prime Minister during the 1920s, tried to return to office in 1942. Meighen had been chosen as leader of the opposition, but he lost the bi-election needed to get him a seat in the House of Commons. His campaign was based on a pro-conscription platform.
Military Training Pamphlet No. 23 Part III: Appreciations, Orders, Intercommunications and Movements 1939
This booklet is part of a series training Canadian troops on field operations, including how to evaluate a situations, issue orders, and send messages.
This booklet describes the rations that Canadian soldiers can expect during operations in the field, and carefully explains why the food available will be different from the food they received at home. After all, "to ship field bakeries instead of, say, field batteries, would be weakening the Force."