NAFTEL, William D. Halifax at War : Searchlights, Squadrons and Submarines, 1939-1945. Halifax : Formac Publishing Company Limited, (2008). First Printing. Pp. (6),5-285,(1). Two maps in the text. 8vo, photo-illustrated grey and red card covers with cream lettering to front and spine.
William Drummond Naftel (b. October 1, 1940, Edmonton Alberta – d. April 29, 2018, Halifax).
This book won the Dartmouth Book award for non-fiction, the Democracy 250 Atlantic Book award for historical writing, and the Evelyn Richardson Award for non-fiction.
"From early September, 1939, Halifax was at war. For the next six years, the city was uniquely affected by the war's events. No other place in Canada bore the brunt of wartime like Halifax.
Using a rich blend of historical, biographical and archival sources, William D. Naftel describes the incredible demands placed upon the city -- the key link between North America and Britain during the dark early years of the war. The citizenry was readied for a possible enemy attack, as U-boats sank vessels just offshore. Halifax's infrastructure was barely able to cope as thousands of soldiers and sailors streamed through the city. Thousands more arrived for war-related work. At first the war was welcomed for the jobs it created and the prosperity it brought, but soon crowding and inflated prices created problems for everyone. Liquor was a flash point, with archaic liquor laws preventing sailors in port from enjoying their rare days off. Using a wide range of sources and reflecting new insights drawn from primary documents, this book offers a new perspective on the impact of the war on Canada and Canadians, and on the many ways in which Halifax played a unique role in supporting Canada's contribution to the allied war effort." - from the rear cover.
1. A Declaration of War; 2. The Military Presence; 3. In Transit; 4. A Hard-Working City; 5. Day by Day; 6. Scarcity amongst Plenty; 7. The End and the Beginning. With bibliography, end notes, and index.