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Depth charges were launched from the sides of Allied convoys and warships during the battle of the Atlantic to destroy U-boats underwater.

The first trans-Atlantic convoy of the war sailed from Halifax to the United Kingdom on September escorted by British cruisers and two Canadian destroyers, HMCS St. Laurent and HMCS Saguenay.

Escort Carrier HMS Searcher ploughing through rough Atlantic weather, 1943 - precarious Wildcat on deck.

HMCS COLLINGWOOD K180

HMCS COLLINGWOOD K180

The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest campaign of the war. And it was one that German submarines operating in "wolf packs" nearly won by strangling British and Russian-bound shipping.

The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest campaign of the war. And it was one that German submarines operating in "wolf packs" nearly won by strangling British and Russian-bound shipping.

USS Essex after a direct hit by a Japanese Kamikaze

USS Essex after a direct hit by a Japanese Kamikaze

Flower class corvette in the North Atlantic, 1943: such unglamorous vessels were the backbone of the convoy escorts which eventually defeated the U boat menace - 267 were built.  They rolled heavily and were notoriously uncomfortable.

Flower class corvette in the North Atlantic, such unglamorous vessels were the backbone of the convoy escorts which eventually defeated the U boat menace - 267 were built. They rolled heavily and were notoriously uncomfortable.

HMCS Agassiz K129

HMCS Agassiz, sometime between 1944 and Honours and awards: Atlantic after escorting more than 30 convoys!

HMS Edinburgh underway in the Atlantic Ocean while escorting USS Wasp, 3 Apr 1942; side 1 of photo

[Photo] HMS Edinburgh underway in the Atlantic Ocean while escorting USS Wasp, 3 Apr 1942; side 1 of photo

Light cruiser HMS Edinburgh underway in the Atlantic Ocean while escorting aircraft carrier USS Wasp, 3 Apr

Imperial Japanese Navy carrier Shoho sinking and burning at the Battle of Coral Sea

- Catalog:Stan Abele Collection Image - Filename:Stan Abele Collection Image - -----Image from the Stan Abele Special Collection. Stan was a Navy pilot in the Second World War who survived the attack on the USS Bunker Hill

HMCS BRANTFORD K218 Iced

HMCS BRANTFORD showing a significant buildup of ice. (Source Veteran Affairs Canada ) February Life for the 60 or so crew was very difficult, especially so when plying the Atlantic in winter, Ice become so thick it often threatened to capsize the ships

HMS Orchis was the first ship fitted with the very successful 10-cm wavelength Type 271 radar enabling detection of a surfaced submarine at 5000 yards or a submarine periscope at 1300 yards. Orchis was assigned first to the 4th Escort Group based at Greenock[4] and then to Escort Group B3 of the Mid-Ocean Escort Force through early 1944. Orchis escorted convoy ONS-18 during the battle of Convoys ONS-18/ON-202

HMS Orchis was the first ship fitted with the very successful 10-cm wavelength Type 271 radar enabling detection of a surfaced submarine at 5000 yards or a submarine periscope at 1300 yards. Orchis was assigned first to the 4th Escort Group based at Greenock[4] and then to Escort Group B3 of the Mid-Ocean Escort Force through early 1944. Orchis escorted convoy ONS-18 during the battle of Convoys ONS-18/ON-202

HMS Duke of York (17) King George V-class battleship of the British Royal Navy. (google.image) 7.17

HMS Howe was the last of the five British King George V-class battleships of the Royal Navy, laid down on 01 June 1937 and launched on 09 April She was originally to have been named Beatty but.

HMCS BATTLEFORD K165

HMCS BATTLEFORD K165

The USS Yorktown lists heavily to port after being struck by Japanese bombers and torpedo planes in the Battle of Midway on June 4, 1942. A destroyer stands by at right to assist as a salvage crew on the flight deck tries to right the stricken aircraft carrier.

The USS Yorktown lists heavily to port after being struck by Japanese bombers and torpedo planes in the Battle of Midway on June A destroyer stands by at right to assist as a salvage crew on the flight deck tries to right the stricken aircraft carrier.

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