CHC 2D 2011: Warbrides

Today, we need to return to the 1940s.

During World War II, a number of Canadian soldiers met women overseas and fell in love.  Because Canadians were stationed for months on end in England, most of these “love connections” occurred there.  Some couples were married before the men were sent into battle; if the men survived, the couples were reunited and settled in Canada.

The adjustment for these Warbrides wasn’t easy:

  • some English parents didn’t approve of their daughters marrying foreign soldiers (even if they were from a former British colony)
  • the Warbrides had to make the trip across the Atlantic without their husbands. Many of the Warbrides had toddlers and infants, meaning that the journey was especially challenging.
  • the Warbrides had never been to Canada, and had to make some difficult adjustments.

Today, you will do one of the following:

  1. Write three short diary entries as a Warbride, explaining how you met your husband, how you managed the trip across the Atlantic, and how you adjusted to life in Canada
  2. Write an interview with a Warbride, in which the Warbride explains her experiences meeting her husband, travelling the Atlantic, and adjusting to life in Canada



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