The “On Guard Join The Canadian Army Active Force Now” poster was used to recruit Canadians to the Army during World War 2.
The Canadian Army Active Force was mobilized prior to World War 2. This unit was similar to the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War 1. This was a full time active military unit, whereas previously Canadian forces were comprised of miltia, the members of Canadian Army Active Force were professional soldiers. This was disbanded after world war 2.
Over the course of World War 2 nearly 1.1 million Canadians were actively involved. They were part of the war from the outset, when Nazi Germany initially invaded Poland. Canada not only sent troops to the frontline, but also sent their Navy and Airforce. More than 44,000 Canadians lost their lives during the war.
The “On Guard Join The Canadian Army Active Force Now” poster encourages men to sign up to up and join the Canadian Active force, we see an image of Canadian soldier standing tall above his local village or town. This poster attempts to show the courage and conviction required to join the Canadian forces and become active member of the military.