World War II
The Prince Edward Island Department of Education released this book to its schools to describe Canadian democracy and the operation of the government of Canada.
Though not directly related to the Second World War, this official souvenir programme for the coronation of George VI is a fascinating and detailed examination of this event, celebrated throughout the British Commonwealth. George VI would reign as sovereign of the United Kingdom, and also as King of Canada, throughout the Second World War. He died in 1952. (Note: this is a large file and may take a moment to download.)
This pamphlet describes the qualifications for holding officer ranks up to Lt. Col. in the Canadian Army.
This booklet describes the contributions of Canada's Merchant Seamen to Canada's war effort, and describes the compensation they received from the government for their service.
This pamphlet instructs soldiers on the various war gases they may encounter, how to recognize them, and how to protect yourself against them.
This book, part of a series of training pamphlets that replaced the 1942 Physical Training series, describes the basics of boxing and wrestling and their military uses.
This booklet has instructions for speakers from the Canadian Red Cross Society, to help them meet their $5,000,000 goal in the 1940 national campaign. It includes information about how the Red Cross will use your donations, and sample speeches used encourage people to donate.
This collection of drawings by Robert W. Chambers was published by The Halifax Mail to permanently show life in Halifax during wartime.
The UK War Office produced and issued a series of short training manuals used by both the British and Canadian armies. Collectively, these manuals established the doctrine, or tactical procedures, for both armies throughout the war. This 1943 manual concerns the operation of the anti-tank platoon.
Ever wonder how to fight an armed Nazi with your bare hands? Look no further. Mixed Martial Arts, 1940s style!
A 1945 guide to postwar employment, buying a home, and other aspects of reintegration into civilian society for returned servicemen.
An idyllic image of home, the kind that sustained Canadians in uniform through the long years of war.
Because so much of the fighting took place in regions that were unfamiliar to Canadians, war maps were enormously popular, for they simplified complicated events and allowed civilians to make sense of news coming from the war fronts.
The war gratuity, paid to servicemen and women upon discharge, was based on length of service at home and overseas. On this worksheet, a Prince Edward Island soldier calculated his gratuity as $668.30, just over $9100 in current values.
With the Second World War creating hundreds of thousands of potential members, the Canadian Legion took every opportunity to inform men and women in uniform of its goals and projects.
With the realization that Canada would face unprecedented spending demands, greater even than those faced in the First World War, one bank provided a sober analysis of the problem of growing war debt as it looked early in the Second World War.
A Prince Edward Island schoolboy used these exercise books during the Second World War for mathematics and writing; there were six different books in the "Branches of the Service" series.
The National Resources Mobilization Act of 1940 called up men for examination for possible military service; this New Brunswicker was found medically unfit.
This Second World War advertising premium invoked British cabinet minister Herbert Morrison in urging Canadians to buy War Savings Certificates.
This address by G.S. Thorvaldson contrasted wartime, when taxation was a "patriotic duty," and peacetime, when it became "an economic and social problem." He made the case that big corporations stood to gain the most in both contexts.