For Crown and Country – The South African and First World Wars
by Tim Cook
2018, ISBN: 978-0-660-07668-3
120 pages, 76 illustrations, 15 x 15 cm, paperback
Canada’s sacrifices and contributions to the South African and First World Wars led to an increased sense of nationhood and to international recognition, but at great cost. The Canadian government sent a relatively small military expedition to fight with the British during the South African War, but the decision to support allies overseas was significant.
In the First World War, more than 620,000 Canadians enlisted to fight for Crown and country. The Canadian Corps was involved in costly battles at the Somme, Vimy, Passchendaele, Amiens, Arras and Mons. Canadians also fought in the air war and at sea. On the home front, women entered the workforce in support of the war effort, patriotic organizations supported soldiers overseas, and the introduction of conscription severely damaged Canadian unity. By showcasing artifacts, images, posters and art, this souvenir catalogue explores the many ways in which these two overseas wars forever changed Canada.