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World War Two started on September 1st ,1939 when the Germans

began attack on Poland when airplanes, tanks and other troops

entered Poland. The war that was soon to begin affected more

people than any other war in history, killing around 15,000,000

people, By 1942 all major countries were involved with this


World War Two was the beginning of a new age

nuclear weapons had replaced your average infantrymen and

far less people now traveled on foot, tanks and airplanes

became both weapons and transportation for soldiers.

People think WW II was a continuation of WWI in fact the three

biggest reasons that people believe it started are : continuing

arguments from World War One, problems with dictatorships,

and Germany, Italy and Japan all had a strong desire

to obtain more land in Europe.

Canada Joined World War Two on September 10th, 1939 and

became the sixth country to start fighting in Europe the other

countries that began warfare before Canada include: Australia,

France, Great Britain, India, Poland and South Africa.

When Canadian soldiers began there expedition to Europe it

took a lot of adjustment for Canadian soldiers. Jake Reimer a

Canadian solider spoke about his experiences during the war

and what it was like to be fighting in Europe, he talked about

How everyone seemed like they were rushing to war, he even

Talked about his experiences with training camp “The next few

weeks of training camp were those of getting accustomed to

military life” (W.W. II stories, Pg. 32). At the time of Jake

Reimers enrollment into the army, Canada was accepting 600

new soldiers a day and was having a hard time keeping track

of all the people enlisting into the armed forces. It took Reimer

one year before the military finally called him and asked him to

report to basic training.

While Reimer was in basic training he

found that some of the things he did at basic training were

very familiar to him things such as firing a rifle “I was about

eight years old when my father taught me how to use a .22

rifle” ( W.W. II stories, Pg.33) after six weeks of basic training

Jake Reimer was placed in Canada for about a month and then

Was sent to Europe where he would begin fighting in the war.

On his Way to Europe, Reimer traveled on a ship with 2,000

other men, there’s a bit of humor in this part of his story because

he spends a lot of time talking about being seasick and unable to

do his job and how the ship always seemed to go in zig zags

because there was a rumor of bombs being placed in the


When Reimer finally got to Europe, his experiences with the

actual war were not anywhere near what he had gone through.

On the way to Europe or through basic training, in war Reimer

had trouble finding places to sleep at night, watched people

die everyday and struggled to find good food to eat. One

of the highlights of being there he said was having an egg

breakfast one of the days



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