War comes to Sydney Harbour

Deserted and covered with graffiti for decades, the old concrete gun battery at Chapel Point in North Sydney on Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Island was restored last summer as part of a local project to create a 48.5-hectare park devoted to Canada’s military history. The project, to be known as the Atlantic Memorial Park,...
  • U-boats And The Spy Who Came Ashore: Navy, Part 48

    December 12, 2011 by Marc Milner
    While residents of British Columbia waited for the war to reach their shores in the early months of 1942, submarines attacked along the east coast for the first time since 1918. For most historians the assault on Canada’s shipping began with the sinking of the...
  • Historic WWI Photo – S.S. Franconia, 1914

    October 18, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    Church parade on board the troopship S.S. Franconia, October 1914. LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES...
  • Historic WWI Photo – Canadian Submarines

    October 11, 2011 by Legion Magazine
    Canadian-built submarines H-3, H-4, H-5 and H-6 alongside in Montreal. LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES...
  • In 1939, the bulk of the pre-war Royal Canadian Navy—four of six destroyers—had been deployed on the Pacific coast in response to the very real threat of war with Japan. War with Germany soon stripped British Columbia of its naval forces, so that when war...
  • At The Edge Of Disaster: Navy, Part 46

    August 24, 2011 by Marc Milner
    The expansion of the war in 1942 pulled Canada’s small ship navy in several directions simultaneously, stretching it thin and leading—ultimately—to the greatest crisis in Canadian naval history. The navy’s senior officers were sharply criticized for the way in which they handled these challenges and...
  • Lost In The Dark: Navy, Part 45

    June 19, 2011 by Marc Milner
    Events off the American eastern seaboard in early 1942 typically capture the attention of historians when it comes to examining this phase of the Atlantic war. But for the Royal Canadian Navy’s escorts on the North Atlantic Run, early 1942 transatlantic escort of convoys remained...
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