Wanted! 500, 000 Canadians for WW I
Why did men join the Canadian Expeditionary Force (C.E.F.) - or what did recruiters think would persuade them? After 6,000 Canadians were killed or wounded at Ypres in April, 1915, no one could pretend that the war would be a short picnic in France. During the next twelve months close to 350,000 Canadian men (out of about 4 million men in the population) put on khaki uniforms and went off to war. Brilliant Canadian propaganda masterminded by Sir Max Aitken, a Canadian newspaper magnate in Britain, persuaded contemporaries and posterity alike that Canadian soldiers fought valiantly and well. The truth, as usual, was more complicated.