This week’s photo was taken by Lt Jeffery McBride, a Canadian Armed Forces Physician’s Assistant. The image photo was shot when the crew of HMCS VILLE DE QUEBEC participated in a ceremony to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic while the ship is anchored off Point Pleasant Park in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 3 May 2020.
The battle was the longest running battle of the Second World War, a battle in which Canadians played a crucial role. The battle was, however, gruelling. Allied troops were facing German U-Boats at a devastating cost, and the conditions on the Atlantic were horrific.
“What a miserable, rotten hopeless life… an Atlantic so rough it seems impossible that we can continue to take this unending pounding and still remain in one piece… hanging onto a convoy is a full-time job… the crew in almost a stupor from the nightmarishness of it all… and still we go on hour after hour,” wrote Frank Currie in his diary in 1941 as stated on Veterans Affairs Canada website.
The first Sunday in May is when Canada remembers the battle.