The role of Canada’s military in the First World War

Canada played many roles in the First World War, as we built a national identity on the world stage. Here are the roles we played in major phases of the war.

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The conflict begins

How the First World War began and how Canada joined in.

Canada enters the war

How Canada recruited, trained and mobilized its soldiers at the start of the war.

The war in the air

The role Canada’s aviators played in the First World War.

The war at sea

The role Canadian seamen played in the First World War.

Ten facts about Canada in the First World War

Ten dates and statistics about Canada’s role in the First World War.

The Newfoundland Regiment at Gallipoli

How the Newfoundland Regiment entered the war on the eastern front.

The Royal Canadian Air Force’s role in the First World War

The birth of the RCAF and the role Canadian aviators played in the First World War.

The formation of the Canadian Corps

How Canada created its own military identity during the First World War.

Canadians in other campaigns

Overview of Canadian units in the war effort outside of the Western Front.

End of the First World War

Canadian events on each of the last 100 days of the First World War in 1918.

The aftermath

The impact the war had on building Canada’s reputation on the world’s stage.

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Aerial view of the Halifax Citadel

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Drawing of First World War Soldiers in the trenches

Set out on an interactive adventure that allows you to experience life in the trenches during the First World War.

Visitor Education Centre at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial

Conceptual image of the visitor education

Find updates about the construction of the new Visitor Education Centre at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.

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