By Mark Zuehlke

The 8th Canadian conflict sequence quantity is the little-told tale of the stressful ultimate days of global warfare II, remembered within the Netherlands as “the sweetest of springs,” which observed the country’s liberation from German occupation.

The Liberation crusade, a sequence of fierce, determined battles over the last 3 months of the conflict, was once bittersweet. A nation’s freedom was once received and the struggle concluded, yet those ultimate hostilities fee Canada 6,298 casualties, together with 1,482 dead.

With his trademark “you are there” kind that pulls upon reliable files, veteran stories, and a prepared figuring out of the strive against event, Mark Zuehlke brings to existence this concluding bankruptcy within the tale of Canada in international battle II.

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While the Kriegsmarine went to great lengths to fortify its ports, little was done to protect the boats at sea, even in the confined and shallow approaches to the bases in Brittany. Below: The U-boat pens at St Nazaire included workshop facilities; one is shown to the left of Pen 12 , a windowless concrete structure behind the six rectangular ventilation ports shown in the photograph. Note the appearance of smoke damage to the roof of Pen 12. 30 IN ACTION Above: lWo Type VII boats lying outside the main entrance to the St Nazaire V-boat pens.

44 IN ACTION Above left and Left: The aftermath of battle. Many commanders only allowed more senior men on the top of the conning tower when sailing through such horrific scenes of destruction and suffering. Left: The seafront at La Baule. Looking at this peaceful scene one would hardly guess that World War II was in full swing. Yet, despite destruction and killing on an unprecedented scale, there were still many peaceful havens left. Below left: The British Commando raid on St Nazaire in March 1942 led to heightened security in and around the port.

The Wanze radar search receivers were also fitted, giving improved warning against aircraft equipped with airborne radar. In mid-September 1943 Donitz decided to send his boats back into the North Atlantic, hoping to take advantage of new torpedoes. 18, sinking three escorts and six merchant ships, for the loss of three U-boats. One of these was U-338, depth-charged by aircraft off Iceland on 20 September. Worse was to follow. On 27 September U-221 commanded by Hans-Hartwig Trojer was sunk by an air attack off Ireland.

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