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1940: Wars, Battles and Conflicts (315)1941: Wars, Battles and Conflicts (401)1942: Wars, Battles and Conflicts (462)1943: Wars, Battles and Conflicts (491)1944: Wars, Battles and Conflicts (572)1945: Wars, Battles and Conflicts (471)1946: Wars, Battles and Conflicts (163)1947: Wars, Battles and Conflicts (127)1948: Wars, Battles and Conflicts (120)1949: Wars, Battles and Conflicts (115)Wars, Battles and Conflicts
1940: Armed Forces (218)1941: Armed Forces (288)1942: Armed Forces (334)1943: Armed Forces (377)1944: Armed Forces (428)1945: Armed Forces (364)1946: Armed Forces (142)1947: Armed Forces (116)1948: Armed Forces (114)1949: Armed Forces (116)Armed Forces
1940: Strategy and Tactics (44)1941: Strategy and Tactics (55)1942: Strategy and Tactics (83)1943: Strategy and Tactics (77)1944: Strategy and Tactics (112)1945: Strategy and Tactics (63)1946: Strategy and Tactics (11)1947: Strategy and Tactics (7)1948: Strategy and Tactics (8)1949: Strategy and Tactics (11)Strategy and Tactics
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Type: Document
Description: Synopsis of television episode on the role of Canadian pilots in the Battle of Britain, the first decisive clash of the Second World War and the first battle in history to be fought exclusively in the air. Includes personal accounts of pilots' experiences. This episode is part of the "Canada: A People's History" series. Includes links to educational resources, bibliography, games, puzzles, and video clips.
Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
 
 
Type: Document Image
Description: On October 28, 1940, the Italian Duce, Benito Mussolini, invaded northern Greece from Albania, which was at that time under Italian control. Although greatly outnumbered, within a month the Greek army had pushed the Italians back into Albania. Adolf Hitler was unwilling to allow Italy, his major ally, to be humiliated and he prepared to attack Greece, Britain's last European ally.
Site: Canadian War Museum
 
 
Type: Document Image
Description: A significant part of the Second World War was fought in North Africa. Benito Mussolini wanted to enlarge his Italian empire in Africa, which already included Libya and Ethiopia, by invading Egypt, then part of the British Empire. British, Canadian, Commonwealth, American and French forces confronted the Italian-German Axis across the desert sweep of northern Egypt and Libya and in the more hilly coastal areas of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia.
Site: Canadian War Museum
 
 
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Description: In 1937 the Japanese army took charge of much of eastern China. Although China was a Second World War backwater, the largest part of the Japanese army was tied down in China, maintaining internal order, and this limited what Japan could do in its war against the Allies. The conflict between China and Japan affected Canada both socially and militarily.
Site: Canadian War Museum
 
 
Type: Document
Description: After the German occupation of Poland, nothing much happened for month after month. War did not seem like war. A "phoney war," the British called it. But in the spring of 1940 Hitler's forces struck again, and by June he held Europe in his grasp. Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, France and Belgium all fell quickly to German forces.
Site: Canadian War Museum
 
 
Type: Document
Description: Despite early growing pains, the Royal Canadian Navy grew into a formidable anti-submarine force. The R.C.N. sank 28 enemy submarines and escorted Allied shipping across the Atlantic and along the northeastern seaboard of North America.
Site: Canadian War Museum
 
 
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Description: In 1940, Adolf Hitler issued orders to invade the British Isles, but the Germans were unable to break the British fighter defence. In the first battle fought solely in the air, the Royal Air Force defended the United Kingdom, but not without severe losses.
Site: Canadian War Museum
 
 
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Description: By 1942, fearing an Allied invasion in the west while embroiled in war with the Soviet Union in the east, Hitler endeavoured to create the "Atlantic Wall", or "Fortress Europe", by encrusting the Atlantic seacoast with concrete and steel defences. This article describes these German fortifications and how the First Canadian Army participated in capturing these defensive positions. Includes reading list.
Site: Canadian War Museum
 
 
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Description: After the fall of France, the British were left with few ways to strike back at Germany. One was the bombing of German cities, workers, and industry. This method of attack was blunt and brutal. It cost the lives of many German civilians as well as Canadian air crew.
Site: Canadian War Museum
 
 
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Description: The Second World War was fought over vast distances, with airpower and technology playing crucial parts. Both sides tried to avoid the stalemates of the First World War, and usually succeeded. This resource provides an index of World War II battles.
Site: Canadian War Museum
 
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