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Wartime Heritage Remembers the 68th Anniversary of Battle of the Atlantic May 1, 2011 "The   Battle   of   the   Atlantic   was   the   longest   running   battle   of   the   Second   World   War and   is   proudly   remembered   as   a   Canadian   triumph   in   helping   maintain   the   Allies' crucial   supply   routes   through   the   North   Atlantic.   With   the   outbreak   of   the   Second World   War,   the   Germans   quickly   asserted   their   strength   on   the   high   seas.   German submarines-often   called   U-boats-and   surface   raiders   tried   to   block   the   transportation of vital goods and troops from North America to Britain. The   general   consensus   is   that   the   turning   point   in   the   Battle   of   the   Atlantic   came   in May   1943.   Allies   gained   the   upper   hand   thanks   to   enhanced   equipment   on   the   seas and   in   the   air,   improved   training   and   useful   intelligence.   Canadians   commemorates the   anniversary   of   the   Battle   of   the   Atlantic   each   May,   in   recognition   of   Canada's significant contribution in turning the tide. Canada’s   Royal   Canadian   Navy   (RCN)   and   the   Royal   Canadian Air   Force   (RCAF)   played a   key   role   in   clearing   the   North   Atlantic   of   U-boats   while   Canada's   Merchant   Navy sailed the dangerous waters to supply the Allied war effort. The   hard-won   victory   in   the   Battle   of   the   Atlantic   came   with   a   heavy   price   for   Canada.   More   than   4,600   courageous   service   men   and women   died   at   sea   during   the   six   years   of   relentless   enemy   attacks   and   some   of   the   most   severe   conditions   imaginable.   Today   we honour   those   who   served   in   the   Battle   of   the Atlantic.   We   remember   the   valiant   service   and   remarkable   bravery   of   those   who   made   the supreme sacrifice, those whose final resting places cannot be marked by graves, and of those who survived." For more information on Canada's contribution in the Battle of the Atlantic, visit: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/sub.cfm?source=history/secondwar/atlantic/atlanindex
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Remembering the Battle of the Atlantic
From East West Sea by David Craig