Dream Deployment? Canadian Garrison Duty in the Caribbean during the Second World War

  • 2013

Dream Deployment? Canadian Garrison Duty in the Caribbean during the Second World War

Author:
Steven Dieter
Abstract:

The Second World War successes of the Canadian military on the ground, on the sea, and in the air are well documented. So too are the successes of the Canadian population in mobilizing to a state of total war, placing all economic, technological, and manpower resources behind the government's efforts of Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King to play a significant role on the world stage. The involvement of the Canadian military on garrison duty, in particular for the Caribbean, has been largely overlooked when considering the events of this war. This paper illustrates that the Second World War Canadian military deployment to the West Indies supported Great Britain on strictly Canadian terms. It demonstrates that Canadian military deployment to the West Indies between 1940 and 1946 equally supported British and Canadian wartime objectives.