Canadian Armed Forces are composed of a unified land, naval, and air forces military. They are commanded by the federal government for the sole purpose of defending Canada's borders and protecting its citizens. Since WWII, Canada has been multilateral and has gone to war only within a larger multinational coalition. So, it's safe to say that CAF is a peaceful army and its only purpose is to protect Canada's citizens and maintain the piece.
Be that as it may, one of the best-selling FPS video game franchises, Call of Duty, has included them as a playable faction in three of their WWII titles. In addition to that, they also appear as a minor faction in some of their Modern Warfare games. That being said, let's check out which COD games feature the Canadian Armed Forces and allow you to play as a Canadian.
CAF Appearance in COD Franchise
Their first appearance was in 2006 in Call of Duty 3 where you could play as a demolition expert Joe Cole, a member of the 4th Canadian Armoured Division. There was a whole campaign dedicated to Pte. Cole and his platoon who were tasked to take the industrial complex from the Nazis. There was also an achievement, Canadian Highlander, which you could get by completing two missions as a Canadian soldier.
The second appearance was a year later in a PSP spin-off of the same game, Call of Duty: Roads to Victory. Players were able to play as Alan Bradshaw and Todd Gessinger. Both characters had their own stories and were successful in completing their objectives.
Their last appearance was in Call of Duty WWII in 2017. Players were able to choose this faction via uniform selection in the Allied Powers team. Canadian Army could also be seen near training facilities in the headquarters.
As for their minor appearances, they did appear in Modern Warfare 2 and 3 but just as NPCs (non-playable characters) that supported the player during the missions.
Unfortunately, they do not appear in the newest version of the game COD: Vanguard, which is currently played in professional Esports Call of Duty League.
They were seven Canadian missions in total, and all of them were a part of Call of Duty 3 and its PSP spin-off. The first mission was Falaise Road, also known as Operation Totalize. During the mission, the player has to find a way to win a no-win situation. After surviving the Nazi's ambush, they have to destroy machine gun posts, take the warehouse and defend it against upcoming armored vehicles using all available methods. The second mission is Laison River where Joe Cole and his squad have to stop Nazi reinforcements and destroy the tank that is blocking their further advancement.
The last Canadian mission was Corridor of Death which was arguably one of the most difficult missions in the entire game. Once again, Canadians were in an ambush, a no-way-out situation. After a series of tasks, the player finds a way out but loses a friend in the process.
In the PSP version Roads to Victory, there were four missions in the Canadian Campaign; Woensdrecht, Sloedam, Walcheren, and Reichswald. The first three were consecutive, and they were all a part of operation that occurred in October of 1944. The playable character Alan Bradshaw had to secure various locations and keep his squad safe. The last mission, Reichswald happened a few months after that, in February of 1945. The main Canadian objective is to destroy Panzer tanks and protect the convoy.
Canadian Armed Forces in Other Games
Besides Call of Duty franchise, Canadian forces also appeared in other video games. There are a couple of notable mentions we cannot omit like Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Rivals at War series, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Steel Division: Normandy 44, Wargame: AirLand Battle, and Battlefield 1942.
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