2 Send Me Away With A Smile Little girl don't cry I must say goodbye Don't you hear the bugle call?And the fife and drum beats all With the flag wave ov'er us all Tho I love you so It is time to go And the soldier in me you'll find When on land or sea Many boys like me You would not have me stay behind?Even though the war had proved bloody, many were still itching to go finish off the Germans. In 1917, the war was still a popular thing in English Canada.
3 This was the case, despite two major tragedies of the previous year: The Somme Offensive was one of the biggest disasters of WWI Canadians were dead, most within the first half hour of the battle.Sam Hughes, Borden’s Minister of Militia, was forced to resign.Supplied Cdns with faulty shells.Supplied Cdns with cardboard boots.Supplied Cdns with Ross Rifles that jammed (not Lee Enfields)
5 However, the Great War was becoming less popular elsewhere
6 MOST OF THE SOLDIERS KILLED IN RUSSIA WERE POOR FARMING PEASANTS. As they went off to war, the rich would steal their land and make profit.The loses Russia suffered in the world war were catastrophic.Between 900, million Russians were killed.Nearly 5 million Russians wounded.This is about equal to casualties suffered by France and Austria-Hungary COMBINED, but about one-third less than those suffered by Germany.Nearly 4,000,000 Russian soldiers were held as POWs (Britain, France and Germany had 1.3 million POWs combined).
7 They overthrew their government and replaced it with a communist government, creating the Soviet Union.February – October, 1917
8 Lenin, the new leader, began negotiations to get Russia out of the war.
10 MEANWHILEthe battles continued to rage in Europe.
11 VIMY RIDGE“They said it couldn’t be done, and we did it.”
12 Why was Vimy different? Each soldier was given a map. The attack was practiced by the troops on a scale model.The Canadians fought together for the first time.It produced a feeling of Canadian identity. -Led by Canadian, Arthur Currie, under the direction of General Julian Byng.
14 WILFRID LAURIERNow 76 years old. Leader of the Official Opposition. Former PM.French-Canadian. Liberal Party.
15 WILFRID LAURIERNow 76 years old. Leader of the Official Opposition. Former PM.French-Canadian. Liberal Party.Laurier opposes CONSCRIPTION (aka recruiting soldiers by draft; compulsory enlistment = forcing people to fight).Forcing People to fight is popular in English Canada.Unpopular in Quebec.
16 WILFRID LAURIERNow 76 years old. Leader of the Official Opposition. Former PM.French-Canadian. Liberal Party.Laurier opposes CONSCRIPTION (aka recruiting soldiers by draft; compulsory enlistment = forcing people to fight).Forcing People to fight is popular in English Canada.Unpopular in Quebec.
22 BORDEN USING PROPAGANDA to make people who vote for Laurier feel unpatriotic.
23 BORDEN USING PROPAGANDA to make people who vote for Laurier feel unpatriotic. Borden wins the election.Crowds march in Montreal.men calledapply for medical exemptionsenlistedSee page 41 for results of the election by region.
26 Canadians followed their Vimy Ridge victory with a victory in Passchendaele. A Cdn was put in charge of the Cdn army.Gen. Currie did not want to take Passchendaele, but the British made him.He won, but Cdns died.