Canada’s military and the First World War
Two minutes before the armistice went into effect, at 10:58 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, Pte. George Lawrence Price was felled by a bullet. Price would become the last Allied soldier — and the last of more than 66,000 Canadians — to be killed in the First World War.
A total of 619,636 Canadians had served during the war, beginning in 1914. As of November 2009, only one veteran was still alive: John Babcock, 109, who was born on an Ontario farm and now lives in the United States.
Between the declaration of the Second World War in September 1939 and the conflict’s end in 1945, Canadians fought in Dieppe, Normandy, the North Atlantic, Hong Kong, during the liberation of Italy, and in many other important air, sea and land campaigns.
In total, more than one million men and women from Canada and Newfoundland served in the army, air force and navy. More than 47,000 did not come home.
Since the end of the Second World War, Canadians have taken part in dozens of United Nations peacekeeping missions around the globe, from Cyprus and Haiti to Bosnia and Somalia. Troops have seen active combat as well.
In Korea, 26,791 Canadians served during a conflict that raged between 1950 and 1953. The battles of Hill 355 and Hill 187, among others, saw Canadians fighting in swamps and rice fields, through torrential rain and snow, in the air and at sea.
Canada has steadily increased its military involvement in Afghanistan since the Taliban regime fell in 2001.
By November 2009, 133 Canadian military personnel had died in the country. One Canadian diplomat and two Canadian aid workers have also been killed.
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This article, in its entirety can be found at: CBC News