Monday, 25 February 2013

How did the war impact Canadian lives at home?

World War One lasted five long years, and resulted in many injury's and many Canadian lives lost. The Canadians were frighting alongside Britain to gain power over Germany. 600,000 Canadian men and women were enlisted in the war. After word got out that many did not survive, enlistment numbers went down. In the end 66,000 were dead, and many others were injured. Not only were many harmed physically, but also many were mentally and emotionally damaged after seeing the horrific dangers of the war. The families of the soldiers that did make it home would have to fear of their loved one re-enlisting and the possibility that they would not return home. Not only the families were affected but also friends of the soldiers that had to deal with the emotional trauma. While the soldiers were at War many women took on the tough jobs that the men could no longer do. The women were responsible for making weapons and large amounts of food. While the women were working they were also responsible for taking care of there children. Canada debt as a result of  the war rose from $463 million in 1913 to $2.46 billion in 1918, at one point the war was costing Canada over $1 million a day. Income taxes went up temporarily in order to win victory. With the outbreak of the war, demands for soldiers, nurses, farm labourers and factory workers increased simultaneously. This resulted in the economy being affected in a big way. 

1 comment:

  1. Lauren, you have provided excellent details describing how the war impacted people at home. Do you think the negative impacts were worthwhile to defeat the Germans?