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T h e G r e a t W a r When Britain is at war Canada is at war Laurier had said in 1910 Morton 1 p130 Canada being part of the British Empire was allied with Britain during the Great War Thus as soon as Britain declared war on Germany Canada was automatically involved When the Great War broke out in 1914 Canada was a much different country than it is today At that time Canada had a population of just over eight million people most of them immigrants Still more than 650000 men most of them were British born signed up to fight overseas due to their strong ties with Britain The First World War However the Great War had resulted in having many changes in Canada The Great War changed Canada by finding Canadas independence recognition and rights of women To begin with the Great War changed Canada by finding Canadas independence Although Canada had been independent from Britain for almost 50 years by 1914 it still had very strong ties with the British Empire Toby The war however propelled Canada towards an independent position in the world In 1914 Canadians had gone to war as Imperials in the British Army but by 1917 they were members in spirit and law of a Canadian army Morton 3 p60 Nearly 425 000 Canadian men and women served overseas in the Canadian Expeditionary Force while 35 000 joined the British services Morton 3 p47 Moreover early in 1917 the Canadian Corps showed what it could do On April 9 1917 the Battle of Vimy Ridge was taken by them every division of the Corps took part in this first truly Canadian victory Morton 3 p52 It was the first time the Canadians attacked together and they achieved a magnificent victory sweeping the Germans off the ridge Morton 3 p52 By April 14 they had gained more ground more guns
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