For the want of a single gun the west coast will be lost!
The Defense of Canada’s Pacific Waters in the Early Cold War
The Victoria Historical Society presents “For the want of a single gun the west coast will be lost! The Defense of Canada’s Pacific Waters in the Early Cold War” with David Zimmerman on Thursday, September 28 at James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies Street, Victoria. Doors open at 7:15 pm for refreshments. A short business meeting beginning at 7:45 pm will be followed immediately by the speaker. Contact us at www.victoriahistoricalsociety.bc.ca
Early in the Cold War, despite the threat from the Soviet Pacific Fleet, BC’s coast was virtually defenseless. If necessary to meet NATO commitments, the Royal Canadian Navy planned to send warships from Esquimalt to the Atlantic. This talk traces the Navy’s efforts to cobble together a workable defense.
David Zimmerman, Professor of History at the University of Victoria, has written extensively on the relationship of science and technology to modern warfare. His most recent book is Maritime Command Pacific: The Royal Canadian Navy in the Pacific during the Early Cold War.