Lick them over there! Come on Canada!
The Canadian Armed Forces
Canada's Second World War navy,
and were all built
on the narrow base of very small permanent forces backed up by reserves,
or part-timers, who trained when they could on evenings, weekends
and during the summer. All three forces grew to more than one hundred
times their prewar size during the war. All suffered severe growing
pains. All had trouble finding strong and competent leaders, bringing
in many officers from civilian life, but most of the senior leadership
remained with those who had been in the military before war broke
The fact that Britain was Canada's "mother country"
made it difficult for British authorities to accept that Canada
had become an independent country. In the First World War the Canadian
government and its soldiers in Britain had to scramble to get the
British to accept the Canadian Expeditionary Force as truly Canadian.
By the beginning of the Second World War, the British government
and British officers
realized that the Canadian did not belong to them, but they still expected to use
parts of it for their
own purposes when they wished. Senior officers of Britain's Royal Air Force
preferred the simplicity of dealing with one empire-wide
They did not like putting Canadian fliers into separate
Canadian squadrons, and opposed the grouping of those squadrons
into Canadian formations. The navy faced both British and American
pressures to use its ships without the permission of Canadian leaders.
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