The Canadian navy was the third or fourth largest by the end of the war… and the Canadian airforce was fourth largest allied air force by the end of the war
the RCAF started the war with only 29 front-line fighter and bomber aircraft. The RCAF reached peak strength of 215,000 (all ranks) in January 1944. By the end of the war, the RCAF would be the fourth largest allied air force. Approximately 13,000 RCAF personnel were either killed or died as prisoners of war, and another 4000 died during training or from other causes. During the war, the RCAF was involved in three areas: the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), home defence, and overseas operations.
Dylan’s comments on French and Polish Forces, I do not agree with however.
The French resistance was very important to the allied war effort, and many Polish fought on after their country was swallowed by a Russian and German hammer that fell from both sides.
Unlike the First World War, Canadian forces were not led by british generals directly… we fought hard for that right. Canadian forces were led by Canadians in the Second World War. We were Commonwealth but independent as well.