Canada 20th Century Analysis

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Canada is a country located in the northern part of North America. It was founded by Jacques Cartier in year 1534. Since Canada’s discovery many different people and significant events have shaped its identity. The country now holds values that have been gained throughout the many years since its finding. Canada has had many prominent roles as a country in many big events that have taken place in the past. These events may have passed but they remain defining Canada today. The most defining moments taken place in the 20th century that shape Canada today, are The Battle of Vimy Ridge, D-Day, and the Dieppe Raid. To begin with, one of Canada’s most defining moments taken place in the 20th century was the battle of Vimy Ridge. In the early…show more content…
Several Canadian troops that had been in Britain had spent about four years preparing to conquer France. In 1944, the invasion called “Operation Overload” would have been initiated, but due to bad weather it had been delayed for a full day. The following day the attack had begun. The allied assault had started with the deportation of 150 000 American, Canadian, and British troops to the beaches of Normandy. This operation had taken the Germans by surprise, because they had been convinced that due to the bad weather conditions the previous day there would be no attacks made by the Allies. The Canadians troops that had taken part in “Operation Overload” were assigned to attack an eight- kilometre stretch of Normandy beach code named “Juno.” The Canadians had to get past German defences- landmines, barbed wire barriers, and massive antitank defences. With great struggle and determination, Canadian soldiers had fought their way through the German defences. Along with the Canadians, American and British forces had also fought fiercely and that had lead to the great victory of the Allies. D-Day had been a huge success. It had been announced that the Canadian troops had penetrated farther inland then any of the American and British forces. With great victory there had been just over 300 casualties for the Canadian troops. General Dwight D Eisenhower himself had said, "This operation is not being planned with any alternatives. This operation is planned as a victory, and that's the way it's going to be. We're going down there, and we're throwing everything we have into it, and we're going to make it a success." ("D-Day Anniversary: Motivational Quotes by Army Generals Before Normandy Landing." International Business Times RSS. N.p., 06 June 2014. Web. 15 June 2015.) This attack had gone down in military history for the Canadians, and they were recognized for their great

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