Mobilisation | Aitken, M. (1916). Canada in Flanders: The official story of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Volume I. London: Hodder and Stoughton. | 14-page account of how Canada mobilised for war in 1914. It begins: “War came upon us without warning, like a thunderbolt from a clear sky. Our people were essentially non-military, fearing no aggression from a peace-loving neighbour…”
The people’s war book; history, cyclopaedia and chronology of the great world war By W. R. PLEWMAN, War Critic for the Toronto Star | Extracted from: Miller, J. M., Canfield, H. S., & Plewman, W. R. (1919). People’s war book: History, cyclopedia, and chronology of the Great World War (pp. 317-332). | A 16-page excerpt that discusses Canada’s overall role in the First World War. It begins: “When the Great War began, Canada had a population of 8 millions straggling across the continent of North America…”
Mobilization and formation of the CEF | Extracted from: Nicholson, Colonel G.W.L. (1964). Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1919: Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War. Authority of the Minister of National Defense, pages 19-25 (plus illustrations). A 10-page chapter from an ‘official’ history of Canada’s First World War experience that addresses the mobilization of the Canadian militia and the formation of the CEF. Begins: “As soon as British acceptance of the Canadian offer was received, the Cabinet authorized the “raising and equipment of such units” as might be determined by the Governor General in Council, “to be composed of officers and men who are willing to volunteer for Overseas service under the British Crown”. An Order in Council of 10 August set the strength of the contingent at 25,000.