Yesterday, one of my customers was a woman who was serving in the Canadian military and stationed in the USA with her husband. I asked her if it frustrated her that our media gives Canada zero credit or acknowledgement for their contributions in D-Day. She laughed at the question, and said it did. I went on to tell her that I graduated from public high school and had no idea that Canada was involved in World War II. Flabbergasted, she asked, “Seriously?”
And that is, in fact, true. I’ve also been led to believe that there were other countries involved in the Pacific Theater of World War II than Japan and the United States, but that’s pretty much the end of my understanding of it.
I know all sorts of things that impacted this country as a result of this war, such as Operation Paperclip, which took German (sometimes Nazi) scientists out of Germany and brought them into the United States to continue their work. Of my favorite note: almost all of NASA’s success at the Cold War race against the USSR to space was built on the back of V2 rocket design, those very rockets which killed lots of British. I also know that the decision to build cargo planes in the USA and fighters in Europe is a direct reason why the USA is stronger in commercial flight and European automotives are better known for their sports cars than their American counter-parts.
But, I really don’t think I know quite a bit of the very important details of who was involved in this war, how they effected each other, and why you should know it too. Join my reading, start here:
Did you know?
- World War II officially started on September 1, 1939
- Four days later the USA declares neutrality.
- Canada declares war.
That breaks the stereotypes I have in my mind about the country I live in and our neighbor to the north.