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Legion Marks Battle of the Atlantic with Ceremonies across Canada

May 1, 2015

OTTAWA, ON, May1st 2015 – Legion Branches across Canada will be marking the successful end of the Battle of the Atlantic on Sunday May 3rd 2015.

“Continuing the tradition of Honouring and Remembering our military heritage is very important to the Legion and its 300,000 members,” says Dominion President of the Royal Canadian Legion, Tom Eagles. The Battle of the Atlantic, the longest military campaign of World War II, ran from 1939 to the defeat of Germany in 1945. “While the outcome was a strategic Victory for the Allies it came at a great cost,” says Eagles.

This military campaign involved thousands of ships in more than 100 convoy battles. By the end of the campaign, an estimated 3,500 merchant ships and 175 warships were lost. The Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), for its part, lost more than 20 warships. Proportionally, Canadian merchant seamen suffered much more heavily, losing one in ten among the 12,000 who served in Canadian and Allied merchant vessels.

Those interested in obtaining more information on Legion sponsored Battle of the Atlantic ceremonies are invited to contact their local Legion Branch.

Photo: Canadian War Museum, Where the Battle of the Atlantic is Being Fought (map), The New York Times, 16/03/1941

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For further information please contact Bruce Poulin at Dominion Command, at (613) 591-3335 ext. 241 or by cell at (613) 292-8760 or bruce.poulin@legion.ca.