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Military Ships - Transportation

Type: DocumentFilm and Video

Listing of films from the National Film Board. The Canadian Navy, a powerful force during times of maritime conflict, has a variety of specialized vessels and equipment. Training films are available on this site as are informational clips regarding this equipment. The role our fleet has played on the international stage is also examined.

Site: National Film Board of Canada

Life on the Homefront: Hamilton, Ontario, a City at War - Canada and the War - Democracy at War

Type: DocumentImage

Stories of the contributions of the industrial centre of Hamilton to the war effort, both through military might and industry, make up a large part of the Spectator clippings in this collection.

Site: Canadian War Museum

War Economy and Controls: Shipping and Shipbuilding - Canada and the War - Democracy at War

Type: DocumentImage

The growth of Canada's shipbuilding industry from three shipyards to 90 plants during the Second World War was documented in newspaper accounts of the day.

Site: Canadian War Museum

Fighting from the Home Front - Second World War- The Crucible

Type: Document

Synopsis of television episode about the social and economic effects that the Second World War had on Canada. Discusses the War Measures Act invoked by Prime Minister Mackenzie King in 1939. 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

War Economy and Controls - Canada and the War - Democracy at War

Type: Document

The government took full control of the economy, and turned it into a war-winning weapon. There were shortages and rationing of food and other products but everyone who wanted to work could. Workers were encouraged to put their money into Victory loans and savings schemes. Newspapers were there to help encourage individuals and businesses to do their part.

Site: Canadian War Museum

War Effort at Home - Gladys Muriel (Berg) Greig - My Grandmother's Wartime Diary - Canada and the Second World War

Type: Document

A woman recounts her experience working away from home for the first time during the war and how she carried on with life afterwards.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Cold War Defence

Type: Document

The emergence of the Cold War in 1951 changed the downward slide of Canadian military budgets. Spending and recruiting of the regular force exceeded the strength of the reserves for the first time in Canadian history.

Site: National Defence

War effort - Women

Type: DocumentAnimationFilm and Video

Listing of films from the National Film Board. The role of women in war-time Canada is explored. In times of war women stepped up to fill positions in factories that were previously a masculine domain. These films show how the goals and options of Canadian women began to change both on the homefront and in the military.

Site: National Film Board of Canada

This Week in History: Archives: The First Black Battalion in Canada

Type: Document

In January of 1998, Parks Canada introduced a weekly Web Site named This Week in History, which presents a variety of events that have shaped Canada’s past, present and future. These short texts are summaries, not complete histories, meant to entice the reader to explore Canadian history. Search by keyword or by title.

Site: Parks Canada

Life on the Homefront: Salvage - Canada and the War - Democracy at War

Type: DocumentImage

During the Second World War, recycling was called salvage. Recycling initiatives allowed every Canadian to participate in the war effort.

Site: Canadian War Museum