Canadian troops march in Holland (nice windmill) late in the war. Because I recently spent some time at the regimental museums in Calgary, I know that Canada during WWII, with a population just over 10,000,000 fielded over 1,000,000 men and women (mainly men) in its armed forces against the Axis powers. That's 10%. Wow. (Of course we Americans did about the same, maybe a little better actually).
Now with a population over 30,000,000, the Canadians field total armed forces with just over 57,000. That's like .16%. Gee, you don't think they could be relying on us to actually defend them in a big fight? Naah. They wouldn't do that. The first guy in line has a Bren gun over his shoulder. That would be a good gun to have. The rest have the Lee Enfield in .303, which is not on my list of guns to be collected.
Labels: WWII history; European theater