Major Second World War battles and campaigns

Overviews of the major battles and campaigns of the Second World War.

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Battle of the Atlantic (1939-1945)

This 2075-day naval battle of the Second World War (WW2) helped ensure Allied victory in Europe.

Battle of Britain (1940)

The Battle of Britain, in which more than 100 Canadian pilots fought alongside their allies.

The defence of Hong Kong (1941)

Canada’s role in defending Hong Kong against Japan.

The Dieppe Raid (1942)

Detailed summary of the Raid on Dieppe and the lessons learned.

The Italian Campaign (1943-1945)

Canada’s role in liberating Italy during the Second World War.

D-Day and the Battle of Normandy (1944)

Canada’s role in the greatest seaborne invasion of all time.

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Forged in Fire Exhibit

A vintage car on display at the Forged in Fire Exhibit at the Canadian War Museum

Plan a trip to the Canadian War Museum to view their largest and most visited gallery which studies the Second World War.

Traitor or Patriot (film)

Quebec Premier Adélard Godbout, who represented the province during the Second World War

Watch this feature-length documentary about Adélard Godbout, Premier of Quebec during the Second World War.

Democracy at War

Operations staff of the 1st Canadian Army Tank Brigade, Rottingdean, England 1942-1943

Browse this collection of more than 140,000 Canadian news stories and editorials, documenting every aspect of the war.

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