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Canada and World War I



Canada and World War I
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     challenging words:    armistice, battlefield, conscription, formidable, motherland, motive, world, often, marches, rallies, commander, longer, anger, minutes, weaken, attack
     content words:    World War, Great War, Canadian Expeditionary, Prime Minister Borden, Neuve Chapelle, Second Battle, Vimy Ridge, Arthur Currie, Third Battle, Minister Borden


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Canada and World War I
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     World War I is often called the Great War. It was the biggest war people had ever seen. Some said it was a war that would end all wars.
 
2     Britain declared war on Germany in August 1914. Canada jumped into the fight the next day.
 
3     Canada was still very close to Britain. She was a friend to Britain. She wanted to help when Britain went to war.
 
4     At first, Canada had a very small army. Many people wanted to help fight. Right away, 30,000 men joined up. This was more than the army thought they would have.
 
5     The men were sent to Valcartier, Quebec, for training. They were called the first Division of the Canadian Expeditionary force.
 
6     Most of the men were English-Canadians. Many of the French-Canadians did not want to take part. They said Britain was not their motherland.
 
7     Most of the French-Canadians were put into English units. Some of them did not speak English. It made life hard for the soldiers. The motive for this was to weaken the French community.
 
8     Many French-Canadians were upset. Some wanted to fight, but they wanted to be in French units. Finally, the government gave in.
 
9     By 1916, people knew it would not be a short war. They stopped volunteering. Prime Minister Borden needed more soldiers. He would use conscription to get them.

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