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Battle of the Atlantic  - Atlantic Battleground

Allied forces, including the Royal Canadian Navy, fought against Axis forces in the battle of the Atlantic over a vast and often dangerous oceanic battlefield. Harbours and bases like Halifax were essential for ships, and commanders on shore planned and coordinated the movements of convoys and anti-submarine forces.

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Canadian Destroyers
Canadian Destroyers

Major ports like Halifax offered facilities for the docking, resupply, and repair of ships like the two Canadian destroyers depicted in Edwin Holgate's 1941 painting.

The destroyer closest to the dock is HMCS St. Laurent, and the metal framework at right is likely part of the prominent crane at Jetty Three in the Halifax Dockyards, which featured in a number of artists' works. Holgate painted this work before the establishment of Canada's official war art program in 1943. He later went on to become an official war artist with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

Canadian Destroyers
Painted by Edwin Holgate in 1941
Beaverbrook Collection of War Art
CWM 19710261-3162





Canadian Destroyers
MV Empire MacDermott, Halifax Drydock
Warships at St. John's, Newfoundland
The Harbour of New York
Canadian Corvette in Loch Foyle
Canadians in the Caribbean
Corvette in Ice
Ice on Corvette
Staff of Naval Member, Canadian Joint Staff Mission, August 1943
Rear Admiral Leonard Warren Murray
Enigma Machine
National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa
Plotting Room, Ottawa, 29 November 1943
Consolidated B-24 Liberators, Gander, Newfoundland
Escort Carrier, St. John's, Newfoundland