World War I -Did Canada benefit from the war?

Essay by di1987High School, 10th gradeA-, May 2004

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World War I was one of the worst battles in the world's history. It was fought from 1914 to 1918 which involved several allied forces trying to stop Germany and its allies from trying to dominate all of Europe. On August 4, 1914, Britain declared war on Germany and its allies because of the infringement they made on The Treaty of London of 1839. Legally being a member of the British Empire, Canada was involuntarily sent to war when Britain joined to fight. Canada helped immensely in the war but overall in the end, it lost. Wars always bring much sadness and losses to whoever takes part in it. Canada lost many brave men, caused more damage to the relationship between the French and English, gave a bad reputation to its history from the internment of Ukrainians, and the depression that Canada under went economically as an after-effect of the war.

Canada was under the authority of the British during World War I so its army was frequently ordered to take the burden of fighting for Britain. Canadian soldiers found themselves poorly prepared during the commencement of this war. They were given defective equipment, like the Ross Rifle, which made it more difficult to fight which then increased the casualty rate. In many battles, the Canadians were forced to go fight the enemy head-on which the chances of them succeeding were close to none, like in The First Battle of Ypres, on April 22, 1915. From this single battle, 6000 Canadian soldiers died. Another awful encounter for Canada was located in Belgium, across the French border, where the battle of Passchendaele took place. When Britain did not succeed to take over Passchendaele, she ordered Canada to fight for it. A Canadian general, Arthur Currie knew that it would be complicated...