Canada
(1,457 words)

Canada

Canada was ill prepared for war in August 1914. The affluent were enjoying the August 1–3 civic holiday at their country houses. The less affluent were suffering from the effects of the worst economic depression since the early 1890s. Only the energetic but unpredictable Minister of Militia and Defence Sam Hughes was enthused by the prospect of war. His only concern was that the British might miss the opportunity. Under his command, some 55,000 militiamen and 44,000 cadets were trained in 1913. These men would comprise the bulk of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF).

At first re…

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Kitchen, Martin, “Canada”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 24 June 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0103>
First published online: 2015



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