The Home War
all the momentous events that occurred during the course
of World War II, it’s easy to forget that there even was
a 'Home War' in Canada. Of course the war never came to
the country in anywhere near the degree that it hit other
parts of the world—Canadian soil was subject to exactly
one, casualty-free bombing—although the country was certainly
affected by it. Nonetheless, Canada
could not be unprepared for potential aggression, although
it did wind up being perhaps too prepared given the slim
chance of a large-scale attack on continental North America.
This section will examine the reason for the establishment
of a strong Royal Canadian Air Force within the Home Defence
Establishment. It also summarizes conflict dealt with by
both divisions of the Home Defence Establishment: the Eastern
Command and the Western Command.