Bis 1

Sinking the Bismarck

A handful of Canadians played modest roles in the historic demise of the Nazi battleship 75 years ago On May 21, 1941, the most powerful warship in Europe disappeared from her anchorage in Bergen, Norway. The British, anxiously watching and waiting, could surmise where the brand new 50,000-tonne battleship Bismarck was going: to the broad reaches of...
  • Navy 2

    Attack on convoy SC-107

    November 24, 2015 by Marc Milner
    For a British-bound fleet and its under-equipped escort, early November 1942 brought pure carnage September and October 1942 were frustrating months for Germany’s mid-Atlantic U-boats. German Admiral Karl Dönitz’s staff attributed this to three factors: fair weather that made attacking difficult; a large number of...
  • Navy: Distracting the pack

    September 24, 2015 by Marc Milner
    By the late summer of 1942, the Canadian navy was stretched thin. But the corvettes were still able to disrupt several U-boat attacks. Running the North Atlantic war was all about risk management, and things were better in the early fall of 1942. The rampage along...
  • MilnerFeature

    An unaffordable loss

    July 24, 2015 by Marc Milner
    The sinking of HMCS Ottawa triggered a shift in the navy’s priorities The battle for convoy ON-127 was effectively over on Sept. 13, 1942, when HMCS Ottawa made contact in poor visibility with the relief destroyers about 400 miles east of Newfoundland. The RCN’s official history...
  • Navy personnel aboard HMCS St. Croix man a 4-inch gun on a cold day in March 1941. [DND/LAC/PA-105295]

    Surrounded by the wolf pack

    May 24, 2015 by Marc Milner
    The sinking of the German submarine U-756 by HMCS Morden on Sept. 1, 1942, remained utterly unknown at the time. The only good news to drift home from distant waters in the late summer of 1942 was HMCS Oakville’s sinking of U-94 in the Caribbean....
  • A Montrealer wraps himself in the Union Jack. [LAC/PA-152318]

    VE-Day in Pictures

    May 1, 2015 by Sharon Adams
    Timeless images of relief and joy It’s over! The guns in Europe are silent and the troops are coming home. As the news marking the Allied victory in Europe spreads from east to west, so does the...
  • MilnerFeature

    Five U-boat kills in five weeks

    March 24, 2015 by Marc Milner
    In the summer of 1942, Canada’s escort fleet excelled at protecting supply convoys from German...
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