Wars of Canada

Since the country’s modern founding in 1867, the Canadian government has committed soldiers of the Canadian military to seven recognized armed combats around the world, listed below.

The start dates represent the initial authorization of war, either by the British Empire, Canadian government, or United Nations, while the end dates represent the formal signing of a peace treaty or armistice.

The names of Canada’s war dead are recorded in various Canadian books of┬áremembrance, kept in Ottawa and maintained by the Canadian Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

ConflictAgainstTimelineContribution
Nile Expedition Mahdist rebels in British SudanMar 1884 - Jan 10, 1885386 served
16 died
Boer War South African Republic and Orange Free StateOct 11, 1899 - May 31, 1902~7,000 served
~300 died
World War I Germany and allies
("The Triple Alliance")
Aug 4, 1914 - Nov 11, 1918~650,000 served
~68,000 died
World War II Germany, Japan and allies
("The Axis Powers")
Sep 10, 1939 - May 8, 1945~1 mil served
~47,000 died
Korean War North KoreaJun 27, 1950 - Jul 27, 195326,791 served
516 died
Persian Gulf War IraqNov 29, 1990 - Mar 3, 1991~4,000 served
0 died
Afghanistan War Taliban government of Afghanistan and post-regime loyalists, Al-Qaeda terrorist networkSep 11, 2001 - Jul 1, 2011~30,000 served
~155 died