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Legion Magazine – Battle of the Atlantic | Narrated by Alan Doyle

The Battle of the Atlantic was Canada’s longest campaign of the Second World War from September 3, 1939 to May 8, 1945. Legion Magazine and Canada’s Ultimate Story present Military Moments | Battle of the Atlantic. Narrated by Canadian musician and artist Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, the video takes us back hours after Britain declared war on Germany on Sept. 3, 1939, when the German submarine U-30 sank the ocean liner SS Athenia.

The Battle of the Atlantic raged for 68 months. Germany’s objective was to starve Britain into submission by cutting shipping supply lines. The Allies responded with escorted oceanic convoys and the Royal Canadian Navy played a critical role, protecting convoys from the Caribbean to the United Kingdom. By 1944, Canada had proven itself as one of the world’s best U-boat hunters.

Narrated by Alan Doyle
Directed & Edited by Adam Tindal
Written by Don Gillmor
Graphics & Animation by Julia Paddick, Sophie Jalbert
Produced by Jason Duprau, Jennifer McGill, Eric Harris
Executive Producer Jennifer Morse

Music from Pond5
“Nearer my god to thee”Composed by Norm Hastings
“Song of the sea / Ethereal Eb Drone“ Composed by Raw Materials
“Epic Drums” Composed by Steve Raphael

Recorded by Skinners Hill Music Ltd. St. John’s, NL
*Special thanks to Louis Thomas

Original video available at https://youtu.be/aIo9pWtTD6M

News Release: 76TH Anniversary of the End of Action in the Battle of the Atlantic, May 2, 2021

An item from Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project.

Dear Sir/Madam:

Please find attached: the News Release: 76TH Anniversary of the End of Action in the Battle of the Atlantic, May 2, 2021; The May 2nd BOA 76 Rollout on RCN SM Channels; and, blessings from some of our world religious leaders.

My very best regards,

Stéphane Ouellette
President and Chief Executive Officer
Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project (MNCTP)/
Colonel John Gardam Lifetime Achievement Award Institute
Tel: 613.421.9005
E-mail: ouellettes@rogers.com
Website: www.alliedmerchantnavy.com


Battle of the Atlantic Remembered | Banking on Canada | Pioneering Women | Our Latest Top Sellers

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War at sea

On the first Sunday of May, Canada remembers the Second World War Battle of the Atlantic and recognizes the efforts and sacrifices of members of the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force, and Canadian merchant navy.

More than 4,000 Canadians perished during the battle, which was the Second World War’s longest continuous campaign.

In honour of the annual commemoration, we’ve selected a few of the best recently published books about Canada and the Battle of the Atlantic. See the list here.

Preserving the Allied lifeline

Many Canadian men and women were unsung heroes of the Battle of the Atlantic. With number of events and projects, Parks Canada is paying tribute to these extraordinary individuals and to all who served in the battle to supply Europe and to protect Canada’s coast during the Second World War. Learn more about upcoming events.

Financial progress

This spring we spoke to Joe Martin, who along with with Christopher Kobrak wrote From Wall Street to Bay Street: The Origins and Evolution of American and Canadian Finance. Our interview with Martin will appear in the June-July issue of Canada’s Historymagazine, but you can read it online now.

Martin will also speak about the book at a public event at the University of Winnipeg’s Convocation Hall on May 30, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

First Blood in the Gulf

In the June-July 2012 issue of Canada’s History, we featured an excerpt from Roger Sarty’s book War in the St. Lawrence: The Forgotten U-Boat Battles on Canada’s Shores.

For three years the Battle of the Atlantic spilled into Canadian waters — the only major combat to occur within Canada’s borders during the twentieth century. Read the excerpt.

Metis matriarchs

Recipients of the Reading Den are automatically entered to win one of three copies of Metis Pioneers: Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed, by Doris Jeanne MacKinnon, courtesy of University of Alberta Press. The book tells of two Metis women and the roles they played in the region that became the province of Alberta.

Book Giveaway Winners

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  • Judith Nettleton, Toronto
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Community History webinar series

The Community History webinar series shares stories and experiences of communities from across Canada that have made significant efforts to preserve and to share their local histories. You can watch any of the six past webinars covering theatrical productions, massive online courses, poetry projects and more. Watch videos

You can also register for the last webinar in the series, the Wolfville Historical Society’s Mona Parsons Commemoration Project, with Andria Hill. Register now

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News: Remembering the Battle of the Atlantic

Remembering the Battle of the Atlantic

By Steph Crosier, Kingston Whig-Standard

Bill Fitsell, at his home in Kingston on Saturday, reads the diary he wrote while serving in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. (Steph Crosier/The Whig-Standard)

Bill Fitsell, at his home in Kingston on Saturday, reads the diary he wrote while serving in the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War. (Steph Crosier/The Whig-Standard).

KINGSTON – On June 5, 1944, Bill Fitsell was in Wales with the crew of HMCS Outremont when he wrote in his diary that he could tell something was coming.

The following day — D-Day — Fitsell wrote “At sea. INVASION started. Outremont on patrol. Exercised action stations in the afternoon. Listened to news all day.”

For a 75-year-old paper diary that crossed the Atlantic Ocean with Fitsell four times during the war, it is in decent shape. It’s a little tattered, a little worn on the edges, but Fitsell knows its importance some day to his family when he is gone and keeps it in a zip-lock bag.

Fitsell said his mother bought him the diary and he wrote in it religiously as a way to always remember.

“Sometimes you can’t keep it all, a diary is a good way to remember even the small things,” Fitsell.

On May 7, Fitsell will be remembering the Second World War further at the Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic parade alongside HMCS Cataraqui.

To continue reading, visit the Kingston Whig-Standard website at http://www.thewhig.com/2017/04/23/remembering-the-battle-of-the-atlantic

The Battle of the Atlantic – The Second World War – History – Remembrance

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.

Battle of the Atlantic

The Battle of the Atlantic was Canada’s longest military engagement of the Second World War, lasting from September 1939 to May 1945. This battle was bravely fought by the men and women of the Canadian Merchant Navy, the Royal Canadian Navy and the Royal Canadian Air Force. More than 4,600 courageous service men and women lost their lives at sea.

To read more, visit http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/history/second-world-war/battle-atlantic