Munitions and More Munitions
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The Empire Club of Canada Addresses (Toronto, Canada), 24 Apr 1941, p. 495-508


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Munitions and More Munitions


A discussion of developments in Canada's munitions programme in its endeavour to meet the changing needs of warfare. The importance of the production of munitions. An appreciation of the magnitude of the task. Three great battles in progress after more than eighteen months of war: the Battle of the Mediterranean, the Battle of England and the Battle of the North Atlantic. A review. The speaker's personal experience of air-raids in England in 1940. Reports from many skilled observers sent to Britain from the United States that Britain will win the war. On what that opinion is based. Details of Canada's munitions programme. Future policy. Confining our construction programme of corvettes, mine-sweepers and smaller naval vessels to shipyards on the Great Lakes, and using shipyards on the St. Lawrence River and on both oceans for the construction of merchant ships. Postponing the creation of new shipyards until the personnel of existing yards can be brought up to full requirements. Conditions for providing shipping for Britain. Details of plant production in Canada of munitions. Canada's strong motor industry and what they are doing for the war effort. The call for guns and heavy tanks since Dunkerque. The production of heavy tanks and the problems that has presented. Starting from very small beginnings in the matter of aeroplanes. Meeting the requirements of our great Air Training Programme as the primary job. Canada's substantial contribution to Britain's fleet of fighting planes. Expanding our programme of finished munitions. The growing importance of secret radio devices as a means of defence. A description of the nature of the speaker's job. The aluminum plant at Arvida. New plants at Kingston. An automatic gun plant in Toronto. Explosive plants at Nobel and de Salaberry Island. Shell-loading plant at St. Paul l'Ermite. Chemical plants. The Government Arsenal at Quebec. Attitudes towards Canada's contribution, especially by Canadians. Some facts and figures of that contribution. Figures of support from Australia and the United States. An agreement recently announced by Mr. Roosevelt and Prime Minister King from Hyde Park for an exchange of products that each is best suited to produce and the importance of such an agreement to our munitions programme. Financing Canada's war effort. Canada's "all-out" war effort. Signs of encouragement. The speaker's recent visit to Britain and the appreciation of the debt we owe to the British people. The leadership and inspiration of Winston Churchill. What the speaker witnessed in Britain. His urging for "the utmost efforts of all of us to rush the last ounce of aid to those gallant men and women in their hour of need."