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Second World War
The Navy Ashore  - The Navy and the Home Front

The Royal Canadian Navy became a strong presence on Canada's home front during the Second World War. Naval imagery appeared in fundraising and propaganda materials, while Canadians built equipment for the navy, or were encouraged to support it through volunteer work.

Careless Words may cause Disaster!
Careless Words may cause Disaster!

In this wartime security poster, a sailor (right) urges silence as a torpedo streaks towards a ship in a convoy (left).

Produced in 1941 or 1942, the poster draws a direct link between discussing sensitive information and the danger of German attacks on Allied ships. A number of wartime posters encouraged Canadians not to talk about naval operations or the arrival and departure of ships, for fear that the enemy might obtain this information and use it against Allied forces.

Wartime Security Poster
CWM 19910001-879

$90 Killed this U-Boat!
Fifth Victory Loan, 1943
Seventh Victory Loan, Halifax, 1944
Careless Words may cause Disaster!
Censored Photograph, HMCS Wentworth
What would you do if I quit?
Manufacturing Naval Guns and Mountings
Torpedo Depth and Roll Recorder
Send the boys good Books and magazines
Knit for the Navy and Merchant Navy
Ditty Bags for Sailors
Sailor's Fur Vest
"Meet the Navy" Program
"Meet the Navy" Program
Royal Canadian Navy Certificate of Acknowledgement
Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve Pillow Cover
Cut-Out Allied Naval Units
The Canadian Navy Paint Book
V-E Day, St. John's, Newfoundland
Bedford Magazine Explosion, 1945