The Royal Canadian Navy & New Perspectives on the Second World War

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In association with the Canadian High Commission

HMCS Ontario

During the Second World War the Royal Canadian Navy transformed dramatically from a small coastal defence force into a blue water navy that proved indispensable to victory in the Battle of the Atlantic, and which played an important role in several maritime campaigns. This remarkable story, analysed fully for the first time in the recently published two-part Official History of the RCN in the Second World War, was the focus of this one day conference.

Respected naval historians Roger Sarty, Malcolm Llewellyn-Jones and Michael Whitby presented papers on the RCN’s wartime experience, analysing critical aspects of the navy’s operational record and discussing related subjects such as force generation, policy formulation, problems associated with rapid expansion, and relations with the Royal Navy and other allies at the strategic, tactical and operational level.

Focus was mainly on the Battle of the Atlantic, but the RCN’s operational record in campaigns in Northwest Europe and the Pacific was also reviewed. Andrew Lambert, Professor of Naval History at King’s College gave the opening address, while Vice Admiral Glenn Davidson, Canada’s Military representative to NATO, will closed the conference by discussing the long-term consequences of the Canadian Navy’s wartime experience in terms of its continuing contribution to coalition operations.

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