November 12, 2014
Battle at sea
Sink and Destroy: The Battle of the Atlantic
by Edward Kay
Part of the I Am Canada series published by Scholastic, this is a work of fiction, but it contains so much information about life in the Royal Canadian Navy that it deserves a mention in this blog.
Sixteen-year-old Bill O'Connell is a new recruit who braves the rough Atlantic waters onboard a convoy escort ship. Escort ships protected the merchant ships tasked with delivering supplies of food, fuel, and ammunition to Britain. They had to be on constant lookout for German U-boats and their deadly torpedoes.
Filled with descriptions of training exercises, ship duties, storms and sinkings, O'Connell's diary gives readers a view of a key war battle that is seldom mentioned. Worth reading.