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Canadians in the Battle of the Atlantic

Canadians in the Battle of the Atlantic    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-894864-66-4
Pages 336
Language English only
Price $18.95
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Written by Larry Gray.
Published by Folklore Publishing, 2007.


The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest sustained conflict of the Second World War, a critical fight for the Allies to stop Nazi U-boats and other warships from sinking supply ships to Europe. Canadians played a vital role in that war. Author and Canadian Forces veteran Larry Gray revisits the battle from the Canadian perspective. Canadians in the Battle of the Atlantic tells the stories of the courageous people who protected Canada and its allies from their German and Italian foes:
  • The unprepared Royal Canadian Navy entered the hostilities with only 13 ships, six destroyers, five minesweepers and two small training vessels
  • Practically overnight and with no support, Commander J.D. Chummy Prentice turned the untrained, partially equipped companies into fighting units capable of braving the North Atlantic as they escorted countless convoys to Britain
  • Canada committed four of its six newest warships to help the Royal Navy protect British shores; one of them, the destroyer Saguenay, was torpedoed west of Ireland in December 1940
  • Fighting U-boats lurking in the cold waters of the North Atlantic became the Royal Canadian Navy's greatest task, and alone or with other ships or aircraft, it sank 50 of the treacherous submarines
  • The Newfoundland Escort Force, led by Commodore Leonard Murray, escorted convoys to a meeting point south of Ireland where they were met by Royal Navy escorts for the journey to the U.K.
  • And much more.
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