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World War II, Part 1



World War II, Part 1
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     challenging words:    deployment, liability, conscription, ally, starvation, engagement, invasion, looming, militia, production, destroyer, military, doorstep, wounded, prime, naval
     content words:    Combined Operations, Great Depression, Adolf Hitler, United States, Prime Minister King, Dieppe Raid, Far East, Hong Kong, Canadian Navy


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World War II, Part 1
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Caption: Some of the Canadian troops resting on board a destroyer after the Combined Operations daylight raid on Dieppe. The strain of the operation can be seen on their faces.
 
2     The Great Depression had dragged on for ten long years. Nothing seemed to help overcome it until war came. Suddenly, there was a demand for many of the goods Canada could supply.
 
3     Many European countries stood by while Adolf Hitler invaded their neighbors. Then suddenly they found themselves invaded.
 
4     Soon Germany stood on France's doorstep. France and Britain were thoroughly alarmed. Germany would not back down, and war was declared.
 
5     When it became obvious that war would break out in Europe, the Canadian militia was put on alert. Britain and France declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939.
 
6     Canada did not join right away. There were plans to be made. First, Canada's industry would need to be rebuilt after the long years of the Depression.
 
7     As a neutral nation, Canada could buy weapons from the United States. The United States would not sell them to Canada if they were at war. That is just what she did. In the brief time before declaring war, Canada purchased 20 million dollars worth of weapons.
 
8     A week after Britain declared war, Canada also joined the fight. Prime Minister King remembered the problems that split Canada during WWI. He wanted to avoid conscription to keep the country together.

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