Battle of the Atlantic to be remembered Sunday

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The 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic will be celebrated this Sunday at the Rear-Admiral Leonard Murray Cairn at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Pictou Landing.

The memorial service starts at 11 a.m.

The battle was the longest continuous theatre of war during the Second World War. Admiral Murray, a native of Granton, was Commander-in-Chief, Canadian Northwest Atlantic. He was the only Canadian to command an Allied theatre of operations during the First or Second World War.

Though Canada possessed a small force of 3,500 Royal Canadian Navy personnel and a handful of ships in 1939, by 1945 the RCN had grown to a strength of over 95,000 personnel and some 270 ocean escort warships.

Canada possessed the third-largest navy in the world after the fleets of the United States and Britain. The most important measure of its success was the safe passage during the war of over 25,000 merchant ships under Canadian escort, delivering nearly 165 million tons of supplies to Britain and to the Allied forces that liberated Europe.

The RCN lost 14 warships to U-boat attacks and another eight ships to collisions and other accidents in the north Atlantic. Most of the 2,000 members of the Royal Canadian Navy who lost their lives died in combat in the Atlantic.

Organizations: Royal Canadian Navy, Allied theatre

Geographic location: Atlantic, Canada, Britain Granton United States Europe

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