World War II

What Canada is Doing: A Tribute to the Canadian People

This speech made by Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King in the House of Commons, outlines the great contribution of the Canadian people to the war effort, particularly on the home front, and expresses gratitude to the people of the United States for their contributions.

Servitude or Freedom: The Present Position of the War

In this speech to the Canadian Club of Ottawa, Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King outlines a recent trip to Great Britain, emphasizing the Canadian contribution to the war and the respect for Canada expressed by the people of Britain.

The Lord Mayor's Luncheon in Honour of the Prime Minister of Canada

This speech, including addresses by Prime Minister's Churchill and King, discusses Canada's place at the side of Britain and her continued devotion to the Allied war effort.

The Lord Mayor's Luncheon in Honour of the Prime Minister of Canada

This speech, including addresses by Prime Minister's Churchill and King, discusses Canada's place at the side of Britain and her continued devotion to the Allied war effort.

Controlling the Cost of Living

This speech by Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King in October 1941 addresses the increased cost of living during wartime, including potential causes and a plan for stabilization.

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Democracy in the Modern World

These three addresses by Senator Claude Pepper, made before the Canadian Clubs of Toronto and Ottawa, and the Empire Parliamentary Association of Toronto, address the meaning of "Democracy in the Modern World" in the face of the war.

Economic Stabilization in Wartime

The later war years witnessed a marked rise in the cost of living. This booklet addresses different means of stabilizing the wartime economy, and outlines the various reasons for and means of counteracting inflation.

The War: The German Army

Part of a series, this issue of La Guerre examines the German army.

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Heroes of Yesterday and Today

This booklet commemorates military heroes of the Second World War by using a comparison to the historic French martyr Adam Dollard des Ormeaux.

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The Dieppe raid was launched on the northern coast of France in August of 1942. Over 6000 infantrymen, predominantly Canadians, took part. Half of them returned to England without having accomplished their objectives; the rest were killed or captured. Bob Bowman, an overseas correspondent with the CBC, detailed the event in this pamphlet for the Canadian public.

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Classification of Mental Disorders

Given the trauma associated with many soldiers' experiences throughout the war, this document can give insight into the treatment of mental disorders during and after the war.

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When Canada's Fighting Man Again Becomes a Working Man

Facing the challenge of facilitating the successful return of thousands of servicemen to civilian life, the government published this pamphlet to educate Canadians on the measures in place and the national strategy for demobilization.

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CEF to the Crown Colony of Hong Kong

In 1941 the British War Office requested that Canada send reinforcements to the colony of Hong Kong, the aim being to establish a stronger presence in the region should war break out in the Far East. This document contains the subsequent report on the Canadian Expeditionary Force sent to Hong Kong.

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With Canada's Fighting Men

In September 1941 a group of Canadian journalists were taken on a tour through the eastern Canadian establishments of the Navy, Army, and Air Force, in addition to a number of industrial plants engaged in wartime production. This booklet details the observations of G.H. Sallans, a journalist for the Vancouver Sun, throughout that tour.

Canadians All

Responding to the perceived potential for a fifth-column attack on behalf of the Nazi regime, Professor Kirkconnell seeks to bring Canadians together under an umbrella of unity. In this booklet he explains and emphasizes the commonalities among the different races and cultures that comprise the Canadian polity, arguing for the war as a perfect opportunity to recognize these commonalities and fight against disunity - something he argues the Nazis could use to infiltrate Canada.

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Canada at War, No. 45

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 that series.

Wartime hints from BC Electric

The monthly newsletter carried a wide range of advice and suggestions: slip-covering furniture rather than purchasing new; maintaining kitchen appliances that could not be replaced; the importance of walking in a time of gasoline rationing; recipes for such things as pickled walnuts and mint tinkle; canning fruits and vegetables; and stretching coffee and tea rations.

The walls have ears

This advertisement encouraged Canadians to be particularly careful about what they said in hotels, for it was always possible that an enemy agent might be listening.

Rumour - Kill It!

This advertisement, which was produced in many different formats during the Second World War, urged Canadians to take a hard line against rumour-mongering.

Air Raid Precautions - Protection of Schools and School Children

Part of a larger series, this booklet detailed the necessary steps in protecting schools from potential air raids.