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The Battle of the St. Lawrence

Essex, James W. -- Victory in the St. Lawrence : Canada's unknown war. -- Erin, Ont. : Boston Mills Press, 1984. -- 159 p.

How, Douglas. -- Night of the Caribou. -- Hantsport, N.S. : Lancelot Press, 1988. -- 153 p.

  • Sinking of the Cape Breton - Newfoundland ferry Caribou, by U-69, on 13 October 1942, which resulted in heavy loss of life

See also: Dornier et Joubert, Soldats de la côte, and Lechasseur, "Le Régiment de Gaspé-Bonaventure ..." under "The Canadian Army " in this section.

The Navy in the Normandy Campaign, 1944

Gough, Barry M. ; Wood, James A. -- "'One more for luck' : the destruction of U971 by HMCS Haida and HMS Eskimo, 24 June 1944". -- Canadian military history. -- Vol. 10, no. 3 (Summer 2001). -- P. 7-22

The Pacific

Rawling, Bill. -- "A lonely ambassador : HMCS Uganda and the war in the Pacific". -- The northern mariner = Le marin du nord. -- Vol. 8, no. 1 (January/janvier 1998). -- P. 39-63

  • Account of the acquisition and operations of the only Canadian warship to fight the Japanese until it "voted itself out of the war". The vote was a result of Mackenzie King's requirement that beyond VE Day, no servicemen would be required to continue fighting unless they volunteered to do so

Whitby, Michael. -- "The quiet coast : Canadian naval operations in defence of British Columbia, 1941-1942". -- Canada's Pacific naval presence : purposeful or peripheral. -- Edited by Peter T. Haydon and Ann L. Griffiths. -- [S.l.] : Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie Univ., and Maritime Affairs, [1999]. -- P. 61-85

The Merchant Marine

Halford, Robert G. -- The unknown navy : Canada's World War II merchant navy. -- St. Catharines, Ont. : Vanwell Pub., 1995. -- 272 p.

Heal, S.C. -- Conceived in war, born in peace : Canada's deep sea merchant marine. -- Vancouver : Cordillera Pub. Co., 1992. -- 234 p.

Hennessy, Michael A. -- "World War II and the rebirth and death of Canada's merchant marine". -- Journal of the Canadian Historical Association. -- New series. -- Vol. 6 (1995). -- P. 209-241

Stanton, John. -- Life & death of a union : the Canadian Seamen's Union, 1936-1949. -- Toronto : Steel Rail Educational Pub., 1978. -- [191] p.

  • A very pro-union account by a labour lawyer, which contains considerable useful material on the organization of Canadian merchant marine life during the war

White, Jay. -- "Hardly heroes : Canadian merchant seamen and the international convoy system, 1939-1945". -- The northern mariner = Le marin du nord. -- Vol. 5, no. 4 (October/octobre 1995). -- P. 19-36

  • Discusses the composition and role of Canadian merchant marine manpower, as a minority in an international convoy system directed by British and American interests

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