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[Here] (https://legionmagazine.com/en/2017/02/if-day-the-occupation-of-manitoba/) is an article about this event, the mock invasion of Winnipeg. The Greater Winnipeg Victory Loan campaign simulated a Nazi occupation of the city to raise war bonds. This event was known as ["If Day"] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_Day).
>If Day included a staged firefight between Canadian troops and volunteers dressed as German soldiers, the internment of prominent politicians, the imposition of Nazi rule, and a parade. The event was a fundraiser for the war effort: over $3 million was collected in Winnipeg on that day. Organizers believed that the fear induced by the event would help increase fundraising objectives.
It would suck if one guy was out of town and didn’t get the memo, got back and just started blasting.
I’ve heard about some weird war bond campaigns before, but this takes the cake.
They managed to invade Canada thanks to those italian tankettes
I would like to know if some tried to collaborate with the "invaders."
i’d have joined a ‘resistance’ and bombarded them with water balloons.
Damn i didn’t see simulated in the title. Though i accidentally transported into parelel universe for a second …
There are a lot of ethnic Germans in that part of Canada. I wonder how that went down? Interesting how Japanese and Germans were treated *so* differently during the war in both the US and Canada.
Unreal, Ive read a ton of WW2 history but never heard of this before.
Where’s Artie Johnson?
i live in winnipeg, went to school here and still never knew this. Thank you reddit !!