Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Eyes from the Ground

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a part of a country that fought against Canada in World War One?

Well, now's your chance to find out what it was like on the other side of the war, in the German Empire.

The Germans had always been enthusiastic about war and they greeted it with open arms, desperate for the chance to gain new territory. They were different in this way than the Canadians were, as our country often took the role as a conflict-avoider.

However, after the initial rush of power that comes with war, enthusiasm began to fade in Germany and morale lowered its self as the numbers of casualties kept rising. Germany was not a country that prepared for long-term wars and the economy began to struggle after a few months, remaining disorganized throughout the war. They had a tough time getting food and experienced food shortages and by 1917, hundreds of thousands of Germans suffered and died because of malnutrition and diseases experienced. In Canada, agriculture became more supported by youth of the country and they were asked to help out on farms so that they could support the warfront. Victory bonds in Canada raised over two billion dollars in order to finance the war. Canada remained in a relatively good position meanwhile, Germany struggled.

Both nations took more than their fair share of casualties. 61 000 Canadian soldiers were killed and 38 million civilians and soldiers were killed during world war one.  

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