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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.

$90 Killed this U-Boat!
$90 Killed this U-Boat!

This 1943 poster uses a dramatic image of a Canadian destroyer (right) sinking a German U-Boat (submarine) (left) to raise money for the war effort.

Naval themes and imagery were used throughout the war for fundraising and patriotic purposes, and this poster sends the message that Canadians could directly help destroy U-Boats through their financial contributions. War Savings Stamps were part of the Canadian government's program of fund-raising to help pay the war's enormous costs. Ultimately, some $50 million was raised through the purchase of the 25 cent stamps.

Wartime Fundraising Poster
CWM 19720114-012

$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