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World War II Letters. Your chance to improve your marks. Your letters. You should hand in the planning – If I can’t find the answer for something in you letter but it was in the planning I gave you the mark You must hand in 3 letters

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World war ii letters

World War II Letters

Your chance to improve your marks


Your letters

Your letters

  • You should hand in the planning – If I can’t find the answer for something in you letter but it was in the planning I gave you the mark

  • You must hand in3letters

  • If you would like to re-do your letters you can complete and or resubmit them for

    February 22, 2011

    There will be no letters accepted after this date!


Letter 1

Letter #1

  • You have to choose your person

    • Where do they live in Canada? If it is Quebec this will effect your second letter. If they are from BC this will effect another part of letter 2.

  • You have to choose what force they will fight in

    • Air Force

    • Navy

    • Army (infantry)


  • Letter 11

    Letter #1

    • If you choose Air Force

      • You will have been trained in the BCATF

      • You will fight in one of two battles

        • Battle of Britain

        • Battle of the Atlantic as a bomber escort

    • Battle of Britain (Before Sept 1940)

      • We have better planes than Nazi’s & radar to track them

      • We were fighting to control the airspace of Britain and save the infrastructure of Britain


    Letter 12

    Letter #1

    • Battle of Britain (After Sept 1940)

      • You LATER went on night bombing raids over Germany

        • Bombing factories so they could not produce more battle goods, and infrastructure so they cannot get around as well

    • Battle of the Atlantic (After 1941)

      • You flew long-range bombers looking for U-Boats

      • You protected the convoys from Nazi “Wolf Pack” attack


    Letter 13

    Letter #1

    • If you are in the Navy

      • You fought in the Battle of the Atlantic

        • This was for control of the shipping lanes between Europe/ Africa and North America

      • You could be on one of the corvetts (small warships) that protected the merchant marine

      • You use sonar to track and find the Nazi U-Boats

      • How does a “Wolf Pack” Attack work?

      • You will likely continue to work on this battle making numerous trips back and forth


    Letter 14

    Letter #1

    • If you are in the Army

      • You fought in either Dieppe or El Alamein (NORTH Africa)

    • If you fought in Dieppe (August 1942)

      • You took a boat over – Battle of the Atlantic – 5-6 Days

      • It is likely that you got injured

      • It was a one day raid that was a major failure

      • There were very few who got off the beach in retreat – most died and the rest got taken P.O.W.

      • Why/ How did the Nazi’s know that the Canadians were coming?


    Letter 15

    Letter #1

    • If you fought in North Africa/El Alamein (Sept 1940)

      • You took a boat over – Battle of the Atlantic – U-Boat attack? Preventative measures?

      • You fought against the Italians in Egypt

      • You preserved the use of the Suez Canal for the Allies

      • You prevented Hitler from getting oil resources

      • You saw terrible close combat with little sleep working through extreme heat and bad food


    Letter 16

    Letter #1

    In General

    • You are all very against the war – people volunteered to do this – it was/is an honour

    • You all seem to have a sick grandmother – would you really ask this? And apparently you have dogs – what about the cat lovers?

    • I want gory and specific details – don’t disguise this for me – I want to know that you know specifically what was happening over there


    Letter 2

    Letter #2

    • Where is this person located? This will affect how you answer different questions. Be specific and clear

      • “The weather in BC is great this week.”

    • The people of axis country origin

      • “Enemy Aliens” Germans, Italians, Japanese

      • They might be spies so they had to register with the government

      • They banned the Canadian Nazi party

      • They rioted against the religious pacifists who did not want to go to war


    Letter 21

    Letter #2

    • People of axis country origin

      • They did not want any Jews coming in from Europe “None is too many”

      • The Japanese (mostly those who lived in BC, b/c it is close to Japan) were rounded up and placed in internment camps

      • Their stores were looted and white Canadians often took over their prospering businesses and stole their possessions that were not taken to camp


    Letter 22

    Letter #2

    • What does this person do for work?

      • If they were unemployed, they now have a job and are working more hours

      • This is partly because of the NRMA

      • Any one who is able bodied had to help Canada with the war effort

      • The factories would be running 24 hours a day, and you would have 3 x 8 hour shifts instead of shutting it down every night


    Letter 23

    Letter #2

    • The NRMA

      • If they are a farmer they would be sending their produce to Europe – Canada is on strict rationing

      • If you were making pots and pans you were likely changed into an ammunitions factory

      • They created Crown Corporations so many more people would be working for the government


    Letter 24

    Letter #2

    • The conscription plebiscite happened when?

      • April 27, 1942

      • No conscripts were sent over until 1944 – it takes a long time to train the men adequately

      • Only 12,000 men were sent and for less than 6 months

      • If you lived in Quebec you felt highly betrayed that they would ask to send men over seas

      • If you were in the rest of Canada you were all for it and voted yes to sending men over


    Letter 25

    Letter #2

    In General

    • You need to answer all of the questions asked by the first letter – many forgot

    • Think of what the implications of the NRMA could be – you will have to consider things outside of the box

    • This is more of an information exposé than the other letters, so give me lots of information!!!


    Letter 3

    Letter #3

    • If you are in the Army

      • You either fought in D-Day or in the Italian Campaign

    • D-Day (June 6, 1944)

      • This was the largest Canadian military of WWII

      • Canadians landed on Juno Beach

      • They took the beach and in a week had a strong hold on the area

        • In a month they had over 300, 000 troops and 200,000 vehicles


    Letter 31

    Letter #3

    • After D-Day

      • You will push forward and possibly liberate Holland or take Germany straight through to Berlin

    • The Italian Campaign

      • This happened after North Africa had been cleared

      • You take the island of Sicily in July 1943

      • You are opening up a successful second front to take the pressure off of the Soviets

      • They did an amphibious attack (similar to what they used in D-Day)

      • This became the staging area for troops to go up Italy and into Europe


    Letter 32

    Letter #3

    • The Italian Campaign

      • They fought close range battles moving forward very quickly with little sleep and poor living conditions for 4 months

      • They got stopped at Ortona and fought there for one solid month suffering many casualties

      • The French Canadian unit was the most feared in the area – Vandoos

        • They were the first to get through to Rome

      • It was hoped that they may be able to meet up with the other allied troops in France after D-Day to push the Nazi’s to German territory, but this never happened because the fighting was more intense than expected


    Letter 33

    Letter #3

    • If you are in the Navy

      • You are still fighting the Battle of the Atlantic

        • Canadians are doing much better at this now

        • They are making more ships than are being destroyed

        • They are working with the merchant marine now

      • You will now be dropping depth charges on the U-Boats

      • The use of the convoys rendered the wolfpack attacks less effective


    Letter 34

    Letter #3

    • If you are in the Air Force

      • You just finished clearing the way for the allied troops to land in Normandy

      • You took out communications and various infrastructures in advance so supplies could not reach the battle front

      • You are starting to out number the Nazi fighters and are destroying more of their airplanes than they can produce (their factories are getting destroyed)


    Letter 35

    Letter #3

    In General

    • Not many people got to even the planning for this so I did not have much to go off of

    • Don’t get too sentimental – I still need to know the information and a lot of people that did get that far said a lot of very sentimental nothing and very little information


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