1945: Canada and the end of the Second World War
THE YEAR 1945 started with a bang—a massive German bomber attack on Allied airfields. But it was a short-lived offensive. The Allies soon pushed back and were poised to enter Germany. Canadian troops led the advance across Belgium and into the Netherlands where, as liberators, they were greeted by thousands of grateful Dutch citizens. In the east, the Soviet Red Army was tightening its stranglehold on Berlin. The endgame was at hand.