Canadians Get Ready for War

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Introduction ANC-C95746 ANC-C42420 M24608.3 ANC-C116588 CTA-721 ANC-C68841 ANC-PA22739 19692


Why did Canadians line up to volunteer for the First World War, when it seemed to have so little do with them?

The three main reasons that Canada joined the war were:

1. Nationalism: Because Canada was, and is, a part of the British Empire, when Britain joined the war, many Canadians believed it was their duty to support them, and prove their loyalty to the "Mother Country" by enlisting as a soldier for the war.

2. Adventure: Going to war meant travelling overseas, and getting a job by serving your country. Young men in particular were attracted to the idea of travelling the world to fight for Canada.

3. Honour and Glory: It was considered shameful for a perfectly fit man to avoid enlisting for war. Some men may have volunteered for the army simply to prove that they were not cowards, so that they had something to be proud of.