In Peril on the Sea: The Royal Canadian Navy and the Battle of the Atlantic

Overview

During the Second World War the Royal Canadian Navy expanded from a tiny service of 10 ships in 1939 to become the third largest Allied navy by 1945. Its primary role was convoy escort in the North Atlantic to keep open the vital lifeline carrying supplies to Britain. In small, ill-equipped ships, most notably the famous corvettes, the RCN battled U-boats and dreadful weather in a role that has often gone unheralded in many histories. This book was commissioned by the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust to commemorate ...
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Overview

During the Second World War the Royal Canadian Navy expanded from a tiny service of 10 ships in 1939 to become the third largest Allied navy by 1945. Its primary role was convoy escort in the North Atlantic to keep open the vital lifeline carrying supplies to Britain. In small, ill-equipped ships, most notably the famous corvettes, the RCN battled U-boats and dreadful weather in a role that has often gone unheralded in many histories. This book was commissioned by the Canadian Naval Memorial Trust to commemorate the 60th anniversay of the Battle of the Atlantic. Written and complied by Donald E. Graves, it includes not only the author's text but many excerpts from the recollections of those who took part... Canadian, German, sailors, civilians. The book is generously illustrated with photographs as well as drawing, maps and diagrams that explain the intricacies of anti-submarine warfare in World War II.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781896941325
  • Publisher: Robin Brass Studio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/15/2003
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,115,119
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald E. Graves, one of Canada's best known military historians, is the -author or editor of 20 books primarily on the War of 1812 and the Second World War. His studies on the battles of Lundy's Lane (Where Right and Glory Lead!) and Crysler's Farm (Field of Glory) are established classics of musket-period warfare.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 9
Introduction 11
Acknowledgements 13
1 Canada and the Sea: 1600-1918 17
Chronicle 1 The Early Days to 1918 27
2 Long, Slow Years: The Royal Canadian Navy between the Wars, 1919-1939 33
Chronicle 2 The Interwar Period 43
3 Opening Rounds: The Royal Canadian Navy at War, September 1939-May 1941 49
Chronicle 3 The First Months of War, 1939-1940 66
4 Time of Trial: The Royal Canadian Navy and the Battle of the Atlantic, May 1941-May 1942 75
Chronicle 4 1941 91
5 "If we lose the war at sea, we lose the war:" The Ordeal, May-November 1942 103
Chronicle 5 1942 120
6 "The Battle of the Atlantic is getting harder:" Victory in Mid-Ocean, December 1942-May 1943 129
Chronicle 6 1943 144
7 The Royal Canadian Navy Comes of Age: June 1943-April 1944 157
Chronicle 7 1944 177
8 Victory: May 1944-May 1945 185
Chronicle 8 1945 204
Epilogue: Triumph and Tragedy: The Legacy of the Battle of the Atlantic 211
Chronicle 9 The Aftermath 218
Welcome on board HMCS Sackville 223
Appendix A The Royal Canadian Navy in 1939 and 1945 231
Appendix B Vessels of the Royal Canadian Navy in Commission, 10 September 1939 to 8 May 1945 233
Endnotes 241
Bibliography 247
Index 249
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