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GERMAN, Commander Tony. The Sea Is At Our Gates : The History of the Canadian Navy. (Toronto) : McClelland & Stewart, (1990). First Printing. Pp. (5),6-360, + 32 p. of black and white plates. Some maps in the text. 8vo, grey cloth with maroon lettering to spine.
"The Sea Is At Our Gates recounts, for the first time, the story of Canada's navy, gale-driven and becalmed, from its colonial roots through the twentieth-century wars to the close of the Cold War era in 1990. With perspectives from the messdacks, quarterdecks, and high command, this is a rousing story of Canadian ships and those who have sailed and fought in them on the oceans of the world. More broadly, the book examines the pivotal role of the sea and the navy in Canada'a history.
In vivid style, Commander Tony German chronicles many key elements that have not been widely known:
• Sir John A. Macdonald's move toward a Canadian navy, cut off by his death in 1891;
• the ragtag force of 100 little ships pulled together in 1917 and 1918 for the convoys that held U-boat sinkings in Canadian waters to a fraction of those off the U.S. coast;
• our unpreparedness in 1939 with near suicidal stretching of etching of slim resources, inadequacy in Ottawa, but high courage out at sea;
• Royal Canadian Navy escoorts and expertise plugging leaks as the U.S. Navy dallied fatally over convoying in 1942;
• the highly sophisticated but short-lived industrial base developed by the navy in post-war Canada;
• war-ready support for the U.S. during the Cuban missle crisis, without the knowledge of a timid Prime Minister Diefenbaker;
• consummate Canadian professionalism within NATO as government policy carved naval resources to the bone.
1. The Tides of History;
2. The Bare Beginnings;
3. The Great War;
5. Building a Navy in War;
6. The Battle of the Atlantic: The Tide Turns;
7. Politics and War;
8. Big Ships and Little Ships;
9. The End of the U-Boat War;
10. Beginnings and Endings;
11. The Sickly Season;
13. The New Navy;
14. The Northern Gate;
15. The Brink of War;
16. Flying High;
17. Integration and Unification;
18. Clipped Wings;
19. Change on Change;
20. Troubled Times;
21. The Eighties and Onward.
Appendix A: Ministers and Service Heads, 1910-1989;
Appendix B: RCN Ships Lost During World War Two;
Appendix C: U-Boats Sunk by RCN Ships in World War Two.
With notes and index.
Name tag to flyleaf, a couple instances of inked underlining to first chapter, else very good in lightly sticker-ghosted dust jacket. Signed without inscription by German on the title page. 35.00
Title: Sea Is At Our Gates : The History of the Canadian Navy. Cdn in dj
Publisher: McClelland and Stewart, 1990, ISBN:0771032692: 1990
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