We need your stories to commemorate the Battle of the Atlantic

Navy News / April 27, 2020

Over the coming weeks, Canadians from coast to coast to coast will virtually commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of action in the Battle of the Atlantic, and the sacrifices of the thousands of Canadians who fought valiantly from 1939-1945 during the longest campaign of the Second World War.

As Canadians can no longer gather in person to pay tribute to those who served during this epic battle due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) invites Canadians to share stories about people they know who served during the battle.  

We need you to submit your stories, photographs or journals about or from a family member or veteran who contributed to the Battle of the Atlantic.

During these unprecedented times, we aim to remember those who answered the calls of the past. Indeed, the cooperation, perseverance and selflessness evidenced during the Battle of the Atlantic are woven into the very fabric of the Canadian psyche, and in the ethos of today’s Royal Canadian Navy.

If you have a story, photograph, or journal please send them to navypublicaffairs.affairespubliquesdelamarine@forces.gc.ca and answer these questions:

1. What role did your family member or veteran play in the Battle of the Atlantic? Please provide as much detail as possible.

2. How did your family or the veteran’s family help support this member while they were fighting in the war effort?

3. What challenges did they or your/their family have to overcome?

4. Did the member ever express what their motivation was for joining the fight? If so, what was their reason?

5. Please send us your photos. Please send at least one portrait photo showing the member’s face and a group photo of the family, if available. Any additional photos that would help illustrate your story would be appreciated (such as the veteran at sea during the war).

6. Your family member’s:

  1. Full name:
  2. Rank:

7. Your:

  1. Full name:
  2. Rank:
  3. Hometown:
  4. Email:
  5. Phone number: