Battle of the Atlantic National Historic Event

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Battle of the Atlantic © Expired
Battle of the Atlantic
© Expired
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Address : Halifax, Nova Scotia

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 2000-11-15

Other Name(s):
  • Battle of the Atlantic  (Designation Name)
Research Report Number: 2000-21

Importance: Royal Canadian Navy, the Merchant Marine and the Royal Canadian Air Force were all essential to keeping open the supply lines to Britain during World War II


Existing plaque:  Halifax, Nova Scotia

This six-year struggle to secure the Atlantic supply routes was essential to the survival of the United Kingdom and the Allied cause. Canadians played a critical role in the longest and perhaps most important battle of the Second World War, whether in the services, the Merchant Navy or the nation's shipyards. Operating in submarine-infested and unforgiving waters, the Royal Canadian Navy grew from a handful of ships to become the third largest in the world. Without the sacrifice of those who braved the perilous ocean crossings there would have been no Allied victory in Europe in 1945.