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The Battle of the Atlantic parades today to mark historic battle


Survivors of torpedoed merchant ship aboard HMCS Arvida, St. John's, Nfld., September 1942. LAC PA136285

There will be parades held across the province today to mark The Battle of the Atlantic.


The military campaign was the longest continuous military campaign in World War II and lasted from September 3, 1939, to May 8, 1945.


It saw Canadian naval and air forces protect the vital flow of Allied shipping across the Atlantic.


Since the onset of the war, supply lines from North America to Britain were targeted. It was the goal of Nazi Germany to cut off lifelines to Britain.


On the Allied side of the conflict, 36,200 naval personnel were killed and 36,000 merchant navy personnel were killed. 3,500 merchant vessels were destroyed along with 175 warships and 741 Royal Air Force Coastal Command aircraft were lost in anti-submarine sorties.


Nazi Germany lost about 30,000 U-boat sailors and 783 submarines. 47 other warships were lost. In Italy from 1922 to 1943, 500 were killed and 17 submarines were lost.


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