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M965.199.4585
© McCord Museum
Drawing, cartoon
« Ce n'est pas encore fini. J'ai eu un garçon à Hong Kong »
John Collins
1945, 20th century
Ink, crayon and graphite on card
38.1 x 27.9 cm
Gift of Mr. John Collins - The Gazette
M965.199.4585
© McCord Museum

Keys to History:

Celebrations occurring after the victory in Europe were somewhat muted by the fact that the war in the Pacific was still going on. The survivors of the Battle for Hong Kong in December 1941 were a constant reminder to Canadians of their commitment to defeat Japan. All had suffered terribly in Japanese prisons. In the federal election of June 11, 1945, the Conservatives promised to use conscripts in the war against Japan. King pledged that the Canadian army, navy and air force contingents intended for the war against Japan would be made up of volunteers. King won the election. Preparations were made for the volunteers to take part in the Pacific war, but the war ended before they could participate.

What:

The war in Europe came to an end in May 1945 but the war in the Pacific continued until August 14, 1945.

Where:

Sooner or later the Allies would have to invade Japan.

When:

The Battle for Hong Kong took place in December 1941.

Who:

Canada was prepared to send air, naval and ground forces to attack Japan.

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