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Submarine H-8 in drydock in Montreal, June 1917.
One of the most remarkable, and best documented, Canadian naval stories of World War I is that of its small band of intrepid submariners. Only a handful of men, they provided the home war establishment with its most lethal weapon, and a very elite cadre saw extensive active service overseas in British submarines, setting a number of memorable firsts in the process. Their exploits, fully recounted in Dave Perkins’s wonderful book, Canada’s Submariners 1914-1923 (1989), also reveal how incredibly dangerous submarine service was in those early days, especially under wartime conditions.
As recounted in a previous column, the very existence of a Cana...