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Streetsville Historical Society: Ted Barris on The Battle of the Atlantic
December 1 @ 7:00 pm
Ted Barris will be a guest speaker Thursday December 1, 2022 at 7:00 pm upstairs at the Streetsville Legion Branch 139. He will be speaking on his newly published book, The Battle of the Atlantic, the longest battle of WWII and one which involved many Canadian veterans. He says he wrote it while we were all confined by Covid. The last time he spoke at the Legion there was an enthusiastic turnout so we are looking forward to his return. He has been publicly commended by Canadian vets for stressing the accomplishments of Canadians in service. In the 20th century’s greatest war, one battlefield held the key to victory or defeat – the North Atlantic. It took 2,074 days and nights to determine its outcome, but the Battle of the Atlantic proved the turning point of the Second World War.
In 1939, Canada’s navy went to war with exactly 13 warships and about 3,500 sailors. During the desperate Atlantic crossings, the RCN grew to 400 fighting ships and over 100,000 men and women in uniform. By V-E Day in 1945, it had become the 4th largest navy in the world. The Battle of the Atlantic proved to be Canada’s longest continuous military engagement of the war. The story of Canada’s naval awakening in the bloody battle to get convoys to Britain, is a Canadian wartime saga for the ages. Ted Barris has published 19 non-fiction books, half of them wartime histories. His book The Great Escape: A Canadian Story won the 2014 Libris Award as Best Non-Fiction Book in Canada. His book Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany received the 2019 NORAD Trophy from the RCAF Association. And his book Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire was listed for the 2020 Charles Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction in Canada. Battle of the Atlantic: Gauntlet to Victory is Ted’s 20th published non-fiction book.
For information call 905-826-7198 or 905-814-5958
All are welcome, free of charge