Canada carried out a vital role in the Battle of the Atlantic and the air war over Germany, and contributed forces to the campaigns of western Europe beyond what might be expected of a small nation of then only 11 million people. A Canadian soldier with a German prisoner who was captured during the Dieppe Raid. Roosevelt, Canadian PM W. Between and more than one million Canadian men and women served full-time in the armed services.
Beyond Rosie the Riveter: Women's Contributions During World War II by Sean Irwin Overview Although often understated, the social, economic, and political contributions of American women have all had profound effects on the course of this nation.
For evidence of this, one needs to look no further than the many roles that women have played during wartime.
Not only was Canada’s war effort in World War II far more extensive than that in World War I, but it also had a much more lasting impact on Canadian society. By the end of the war, more than 1,, Canadians (about 50, of whom were women) had served in the three services. One of Canada's major contributions to the war was the Commonwealth Air Training Plan, in which over , Allied pilots and air crews received training at bases in Canada. Canada is widely recognized for its key role in the Battle of the Atlantic. Canada's Key Contributions To World War II The Role of First Nations in the Second World War Victory Bonds and Rationing On The Home Front During the war most crucial goods were saved and rationed in order to be sent overseas to soldiers on the front lines.
From the Revolutionary War's "Molly Pitcher" to the thousands of women serving the United States military today, women have not only had a direct impact on the conflicts of their times but have also successfully transformed such experiences into opportunities for future generations. Never was this more apparent than during World War II.
From tomore thanwomen served in the United States military, while over six million flooded the American workforce.
Furthermore, countless women—single and married—supported the Allied war effort through activities like civic campaigning and rationing. Many American students are aware that women played a role in the Second World War.
Unfortunately this knowledge is often limited only to images of "Rosie the Riveter" and the wives and mothers left to manage households on their own. This lesson is designed to introduce and promote an interest in the many essential roles that women carried out during World War II and how they did so with great success.
The driving force of this lesson is a student project entitled "The Faces of War" see both Activity Three and the Extension Activity of this lesson for further details.
Objectives Students will build a comprehensive understanding of the many ways that American women contributed to the war effort during World War II. Students will gain an understanding of how women's efforts during World War II marked significant changes in the American economy, politics, and the military.
Students will explore and analyze a number of primary and secondary sources as well as multimedia resources. Students will apply the knowledge gained in this lesson to the development of a fictional character they create for an assigned project.
Students will enhance their ability to research historical documents and texts throughout the development of their project. Materials Lesson Activities Activity One: Rosie After distributing lyrics of the World War II-era song, "Rosie the Riveter," the teacher should play the song for the students and instruct them to follow along with the words.
The following websites will prove extremely helpful: If not, the teacher should ask the students how they imagined Rosie's appearance given the song lyrics. Regardless of whether or not the students can recall the image of Rosie, the teacher should then share an image of Rosie with them.
This will serve to either jog the students' memories or to introduce them to Rosie for the first time. Although Norman Rockwell's cover of the Saturday Evening Post May 29, is often viewed as the true version of "Rosie the Riveter," other popular examples also exist.
The following websites provide high resolution images of two different versions of Rosie: Once the students have been engaged in the lesson, the teacher should explain that even though the women in the American workforce did have a tremendous impact on World War II, women played many other key roles during the war.
This lesson will look at women's contributions to the war in three different venues: In explaining these roles and offering concrete statistics, facts, etc.
Books America's Women by Gail Collins chapter American Women in World War II: On the Home Front and Beyond American women played important roles during World War II, both at home and in uniform. Not only did they give their sons, husbands, fathers, and brothers to the war effort, they gave their time, energy, and some even gave their lives.
The Last Good War: Illustrated History of Canada in the Second World WarSee a synopsis of historian J.L. Granatstein’s extensive history of Canada’s involvement in the Second World War.
From timberdesignmag.com Canadian War MuseumWebsite for the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
Offers the latest information about museum exhibits and programs. American Women During World War II: The Faces of War (attached above) Note: The teacher will need to acquire a collection of pictures of American women playing various roles during World War II to distribute to the students.
Each student will receive one picture and it is helpful if . Canada Enters the War. When Britain entered the war, Canada was automatically at war too. At the start, most Canadians were enthusiastic about entering the conflict.
Learn about Canada's ties to Britain, the war fever that swept the country, and the first Canadians to go overseas. The military history of Canada during the Second World War begins with the German invasion of Poland on 1 September While the Canadian Armed Forces were eventually active in nearly every theatre of war, most combat was centred in Italy, Northwestern Europe, and the North Atlantic.
World War II - Forces and resources of the European combatants, In September the Allies, namely Great Britain, France, and Poland, were together superior in industrial resources, population, and military manpower, but the German Army, or Wehrmacht, because of its armament, training, doctrine, discipline, and fighting spirit, was the most efficient and effective fighting force for.