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Where Was Canada? The Canadian Military Contribution to the British Commonwealth Second World War Campaign in North Africa

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Original languageEnglish
JournalCanadian Military History
Issue number2
Accepted/In press1 May 2016
Published1 Dec 2016



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The campaign fought by predominantly British Commonwealth forces in North Africa during the Second World War, in many respects, represented a final example of imperial solidarity and unity. Whilst the United States participated during the final stages prior to the surrender of Axis forces in May 1943, it was Britain and its Empire that provided most of the resources and manpower and contested most of the battles. Canada, however, played only a relatively minor part and this paper seeks to examine the associated decision-making process that took place in London and Ottawa and discuss the tensions that arose.

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