World War II Through Cartoons

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Introduction

Charles Hou, 2005

The Second World War broke out on September 1, 1939, when Germany invaded Poland. Britain declared war on Germany on September 3, and on September 10 Canada entered the war to support Britain. Prime Minister Mackenzie King hoped to limit Canada's contribution of money and manpower. After major Allied defeats in France, and German air raids on Britain, however, Canada vastly increased its commitment to the war. As the economy grew, Canada expanded its navy, air force and army. The Canadian navy played an important role in the Battle of the Atlantic; the air force in the defence of Britain and the bombing of Germany; and the army in the invasion of Italy and the liberation of France, Belgium and Holland.