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Second World War (1939-1945)
The Navy in European Waters  - The Arctic Convoys and Scandinavia

Following the Soviet Union's entry into the war against Germany, the western Allies established convoys carrying much-needed supplies to Soviet Arctic ports, most notably Murmansk. Canadian ships participated in these convoys, and also visited Scandinavian countries in the wake of Germany's surrender.

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Men of Valor, They fight for you!
Men of Valor, They fight for you!

This Canadian wartime poster dramatically depicts the delivery of the Canadian icebreaker Montcalm to the Soviet Union.

A gift from the Canadian Government, the old icebreaker required three attempts to successfully reach Murmansk. Mechanical difficulties and suffocating smoke produced by the vessels' ancient coal-fired boilers caused two returns to Halifax. During the third delivery attempt, German aircraft attacked Montcalm's convoy. Captain F.S. Slocombe was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for getting the vessel through to Murmansk.

Propaganda Poster
CWM 19880069-838

Transcription in PDF

Kye on the Middle Watch - Murmansk
Ship's Company, HMCS Stormont
Men of Valor, They fight for you!
Canadian Blue Ensign
Seamen, Tribal Class Destroyer
Commander Kenneth F. Adams and HMCS Iroquois
Canadian Tribal Class Destroyers at Polyarny, Russia, April 1945
Polyarny Harbourfront, April 1945
Oslo Harbour, Norway, 13 May 1945
HMCS Iroquois Sailor, Oslo, Norway
Canadian Sailor and German Private, Copenhagen, Denmark
HMCS Iroquois Escorting Prinz Eugen