The Atlantic Challenge

The Atlantic Challenge

Verse 1

The Atlantic Ocean was vast
and was to the allies, a test.
From the New World was sent
men and materiel without rest.

To assist those over 'ome
and help stem the Nazi tide
a continent stirred to action
did its duty with great pride.

Assignment: Read the lyric lines in this verse and explain their significance.

Verse 2

The challenge from oppression
came close to the Canadian shore.
The Kriegsmarine menace threatened
the St. Lawrence and much more.

Along America's eastern seaboard,
ships backlit by bright city light
sent to their watery grave
by U-boats in plain sight.

Assignment: Research and report on the naval action that took place in Canadian waters. Explain the second part of the 2nd verse: why did this occur?

Verse 3

Meeting the Atlantic challenge
Canada built 'ships of the line'
to combat the threat to
Great Britain's nautical lifeline.

Munitions, food, and manpower
were dispatched across the brine.
Concerns on both sides echoed,
will they get there on time?

Assignment: Examine the verse and explain why 'on both shores' there was concern about material getting there 'on time'.

Verse 4

Canadian vessels increase the
Allied profile across the cruel sea.
Sweeping the shipping routes, vital,
from Cape Breton to Anglesey.

Brave young men on swift vessels
in classes River, Tribal and Flower.
Kept the Atlantic routes open,
and extended Allied power.

Assignment: Consider the scope of the convoy route, profile the work done by one of Canada's Tribal or Flower class warships.

Verse 5

Across the Atlantic,
from Halifax to Liverpool,
RCN protected convoys
in a battle where U-Boats rule.

The longest battle of the war
is won, but with many regrets,
by brave sailors in merchantmen,
destroyers and corvettes.

Assignment: Prepare a statistical analysis of one month in the Battle of the Atlantic. Identify the victories, losses, and other data to provide a snapshot of the state of the conflict for that chosen period.