During the time period that Britain governed Canada (1763 - 1871), there were many different battles fought on Canadian soil.
The majority of the battles this time, however, were not between Britain and other countries, but between Britain and what is now the United States of America. The American Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783) and the American Civil War (1863 - 1869) are two examples.
Canada had a major influx of people, known as United Empire Loyalists and Black Loyalists, who fought on the British side in the American Revolutionary War. Also, some German soldiers who fought for the British chose to remain in Canada. See my page The American Revolutionary War: Fighting for the British for more details.
As a result of this War, not one but two nations were forged: one intent on independence from Britain, and the other seeking to remain loyal to the British king and part of the British Empire.
A further wave of immigration occurred after the American Civil War.
Between these two Wars, there was a perceived need to defend Canada's borders from invading American forces. Military installations were placed at strategic points all along the St. Lawrence Seaway, which in some locations is quite narrow. American forces did the same along their side of the Seaway.
In the course of defending Canada's border, the British therefore generated and maintained extensive documentation of their military presence in Canada. Again, the LAC has obtained copies of the British records pertaining to Canada, as outlined in my page on the period of British rule for more information.
After Canada became a nation in 1867, the British felt that the new nation should defend its own borders. The last British troops pulled out in 1871. Any military records generated between 1871 and the present, therefore, were "home grown" - produced by Canadians, with the exception of some World War I records generated by the British. See my page about Canada and World Wars I and II for more details.
You will note that most of the sources cited on the Canadian Military Records pages are within the LAC. While these are excellent resources, there are also many other great free resources related to the Canadian military and other documentation related to Canadians who had done military service.
The following websites contain additional information, some of it simply background, and some of it relevant for genealogical purposes, with respect to free Canadian military documents:
I hope that you find these resources of assistance to you in researching Canadian military records. The best of luck with your research!
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