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Halifax at War: Searchlights, Squadrons and Submarines, 1939-1945

Halifax at War: Searchlights, Squadrons and Submarines, 1939-1945    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-88780-739-8
Pages 285
Language English only
Price $24.95
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Written by William D. Naftel.
Published by Formac Publishing Company Ltd., 2008.


From early September 1939, Halifax was at war. When the war began, people gathered along the waterfront to watch the fleet of the Royal Canadian Navy leave. For the next six years, the city was uniquely affected by the war's events. Halifax at War explores this transformation of the city and civilian life during wartime, making use of a rich blend of historical, biographical and archival sources.

Bill Naftel describes the incredible demands placed upon the city due to the war — which far exceeded any other city in Canada. Halifax's infrastructure was barely able to cope as thousands of soldiers and sailors streamed through the city and thousands more arrived for war-related work. At first the war was welcomed for the jobs it created and the prosperity it brought, but soon crowding and inflated prices proved a trial for native Haligonians as well as thousands of temporary residents.

Reflecting new insights derived from primary documents, this lively history offers a new perspective on the impact of the war on Canada and Canadians, and on the many ways in which Halifax played a unique role in supporting Canada's contribution to the allied war effort.

About the author: William D. Naftel was a historian and regional manager with Parks Canada for thirty years, in Ottawa and Nova Scotia. He lives in Halifax.

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