What are the Canadian and Allied Merchant Navies?

(Maude Elizabeth Steane, a ship's radio operator during World War II, had to leave Canada to find a ship because women were not allowed to join any ship, Canadian or foreign, in Canada)

(Maude Elizabeth Steane, a ship's radio operator during World War II, had to leave Canada to find a ship because women were not allowed to join any ship, Canadian or foreign, in Canada)

The Canadian and Allied Merchant Navies, and the American Merchant Marine were the Fourth Arm of the Allied Forces that consisted of civilian combat veterans (from countries all over the world) that manned the convoy ships during the First and Second World Wars, and beyond. These convoys were made up of cargo and passenger ships, and tankers that formed the lifeline to the Allied Cause, and saved the world by leading the Allied Forces to victory.

Who are the Canadian and Allied Merchant Navy Combat Veterans?

The men and woman of the Canadian and Allied Merchant Navies are a legacy, a shining example of a time when the Allied Forces met the challenges against world oppression and prevailed. The Combat Veterans of the Canadian and Allied Merchant Navies are a living record of international perseverance: a fading group of unsung heroes, whose vital contributions are but a vague memory.

(Survivors of a torpedoed merchant ship dock in St. John's, NFLD, September 1942)

(Survivors of a torpedoed merchant ship dock in St. John's, NFLD, September 1942)

Winston Churchill "We Shall Fight on the Beaches"

Winston Churchill

…we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

Winston Churchill "We Shall Fight on the Beaches"
House of Commons
Following May 26, "Operation Dynamo," Dunkirk, the evacuation of 338,000 Allied troops to English shores.

June 4, 1940

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