"In good standing under the Military Service Act"

This certificate was carried by Canadian men as proof that they had not evaded or avoided their obligations under the Military Service Act.

Air Cadet League certificate

The Air Cadet League of Canada was a voluntary youth organization established in 1940. No. 310 (Assumption College) Squadron of Windsor, Ontario, was one of 374 wartime squadrons formed across the nation.

Clerks at war

This in-house newsletter, printed at the Department of National Defence in Ottawa, highlights a different war experience: that of the clerks who managed the avalanche of paperwork that was necessary to make a modern army function.

Why I am enlisting

Presenting a speech advocating enlistment, this booklet also contains three letters on the issue written by Prime Minister Robert Borden, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, and Sir Sam Hughes.

The Senate debates conscription

Part of a series covering the conscription debate in the Canadian Senate, this booklet presents the opinions of the Right Honourable Napoléon Belcourt, a Toronto-born lawyer who had represented the city of Ottawa as a member of parliament.

French-Canadian volunteers

Including a speech given by Major Olivar Asselin at a dinner meeting of the Comité France-Amérique in June 1915, this booklet addresses Asselin's work in recruiting French Canadians for the war effort.

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.

Freedom or slavery?

To encourage enlistment, this collection of cartoons from the Second World War asked the farmer, the worker, the union member, the Catholic - if they would prefer freedom or slavery.

We Are Not Alone

This collection contains testimonies by dignitaries and officials of Allied countries that had suffered major defeats early in the war, including Czechoslovakia, Poland, Norway, Belgium, Greece, and the Netherlands. The goal of such publications was to recount the struggles of these countries, and to remind citizens that these Allies were still fighting and supporting the war effort, albeit in different ways.

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Map Using

This coursebook prepared instructors in the Canadian Army to teach recruits how to use maps strategically in battle.

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Uniforms made easy

This identification booklet, intended for use by both civilians and service personnel, describes through drawings the uniforms of the three arms of the Canadian military.

Pusser Post

The "Pusser Post" was the provisional newspaper of HMCS Peregrine - "pusser" is navy slang for a ship's purser, or supply officer. The paper was compiled from contributions by the ship's personnel.

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Join the Canadian Engineers!

This card, featuring a quote from British prime minister David Lloyd George and a famous illustration from "Punch" magazine marking the 2nd Battle of Ypres, could be used to encourage enlistment in any unit. Hopkins eventually joined the 86th Battalion rather than the 1st Field Troop, Canadian Engineers.

A marriage overseas

When a Canadian soldier married overseas, it was important that the paperwork be submitted to the proper authorities, to ensure that pay and allowances were credited to the right person.

Casualty identification tag

The tag, which would typically have been pinned to the tunic, indicated that Lieutenant Sams was being evacuated to England from 10 Canadian General Hospital with a slight leg wound.

For new recruits at Camp Borden

This little guide included everything a new recruit needed to know about Camp Borden, from the local bus service to where to find a good game of chess.

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Your country needs you!

At a time when volunteers were becoming increasingly difficult to find, recruiters in London, Ontario, tried to put the most positive gloss possible on enlistment.

The RCAF and dangerous flying

A humorous take on a very serious subject - the consequences of reckless flying amongst student pilots. This was probably distributed to new trainees to enlighten them about the hazards of carelessness.