Battle of the Atlantic, Ted Barris Presentation & Beer Call - 28 Oct 2022

Battle of the Atlantic, Ted Barris Presentation & Beer Call - 28 Oct 2022

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We are happy to welcome Ted Barris once again at the Vintage Wings' hangar to present his most recent book, Battle of the Atlantic: Gauntlet to Victory.

The evening will start at 6:00 p.m. and will include pizza and drinks for a nominal cost.

Copies of Battle of the Atlantic will be available for purchase at the Gear Up store during the event, and the author will be available for signatures after the presentation.

Hope to see you there!

Admission fee: $15 for Non-Members - Free for VWC Members.
Location: Vintage Wings of Canada
               1699 Arthur-Fecteau street
               Gatineau, QC
               J8R 2Z9

Ted Barris is an award-winning journalist, author, and broadcaster. His writing has regularly appeared in the national press, as well as magazines as diverse as Air Force, esprit de corps and Zoomer. He has also worked as host/contributor for most CBC Radio network programs, PBS in the U.S. and on TV Ontario. And after 18 years teaching, he recently retired as a full-time professor of journalism at Toronto’s Centennial College.

Barris is the author of 20 bestselling, non-fiction books, including a series on wartime Canada:

  • Rush to Danger: Medics in the Line of Fire 
  • Juno: Canadians at D-Day, June 6, 1944
  • Days of Victory: Canadians Remember 1939-1945
  • Behind the Glory: Canada's Role in the Allied Air War
  • Deadlock in Korea: Canadians at War, 1950-1953
  • Victory at Vimy: Canada Comes of Age, April 9-12, 1917
  • Breaking the Silence: Veterans' Untold Stories from the Great War to Afghanistan

His 17th book, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story, won the 2014 Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award.

In 2018, RCAF Association awarded Ted Barris and his 18th book, Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany, its 2018 NORAD Trophy for "significant and unequalled contribution to the preservation of Air Force values, traditions, history and heritage."

Battle of the Atlantic, Ted's 20th non-fiction book, was published in August of this year.

Here is a summary of the book.

Battle of the Atlantic: Gauntlet to Victory

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.

For five and a half years, German surface warships and submarines attempted to destroy Allied transatlantic convoys, mostly escorted by Royal Canadian Navy destroyers and corvettes, as well as aircraft of the Royal Canadian Air Force. Throwing deadly U-boat ‘wolf packs’ in the paths of Merchant Navy convoys, the German Kriegsmarine nearly strangled this vital life-line to a beleaguered Great Britain.

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.

*Présentation en anglais seulement. Désolé des inconvénients.

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