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Haida
The Story of the Famous Tribal Class Destroyer of the Royal Canadian Navy

Haida Cover (Action at Dawn
Table of Contents
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Author's Note
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Chapter I: The Commissioning was a brief and simple affair.
17
Chapter II: ... H.M.C.S. Haida will sail at 0800 to pass seagate at 0820 and proceed to join units of the X destroyer flotilla ...
30
Chapter III: ... Haida, Iroquois and Huron will slip at 0600 and proceed to sea ...
51
Chapter IV: ...slip at 0800 and proceed in accordance with my 2211430 to join Force 26 under C. in C. Plymouth.
67
Chapter V: ... Force 26 will carry out Operation Tunnel in accordance with orders.
89
Chapter VI: From Senior Officer Force 26 to Destroyers: Increase to maximum speed to close and engage the enemy.
102
Chapter VII: Destroyers will berth alongside to make good action damage, replenish magazines and prepare for sea...
115
Chapter VIII: Have made contact with two enemy ships and am closing to engage.
126
Chapter IX: One Elbing Class destroyer hit and driven ashore in flames...
140
Chapter X: Have landed survivors.
149
Chapter XI: Destroyers will carry out coastal bombardment...
169
Chapter XII: ...ships of the 10th D.F. will sail at 1400 and take up station for Operation Neptune.
182
Chapter XIII: Four destroyers bearing 240, three miles, their course unknown.
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Chapter XIV: Haida to Tartar. Am engaging one enemy destroyer.
206
Chapter XV: Proceed along to refuel, reammunition, effect repairs and make ready for sea.
213
Chapter XVI: Am in contact with submarine previously reported by R.A.F. Liberator
227
Chapter XIX: Investigate local situation at Arcachon Point and Les Sables d'Olonne, ...
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Conclusion
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World War 2
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Author/Editor: William Sclater
Pages: 285(aprox)
Published: PaperJacks 1980
Oxford University Press 1946
(Other Dates &
Publishers Possible)
ISBN: 0770101518
(Other Numbers Possible)
Book Source: CanadaAtWar Collection

"In 1943, the pride of the Royal Canadian Navy was launched from a British shipyard.
Three hundred and seventy feet in length, thirty-seven feet across the beam, a crew of 250 Canadians manned the Tribal Class Destroyer equipped with advanced radar and weapondry.
HAIDA began its illustrious career on convoy duty from Britain to Murmansk. On one run the DUKE OF YORK engaged Germany's SCHARNHORST and Commander Sclater vividly describes the great battle which left the SCHARNHORST at the bottom of the sea.
The second phase of HAIDA'S duty was patrolling the French coast with sister ships HURON, ASHANTI, and ATHABASKAN. HAIDA'S deadly guns sank a German destroyer but success proved costly -only two nights later ATHABASKAN took a torpedo and began to sink. An incredible tale of survival is told as a rescue crew from HAIDA and six survivors from ATHABASKAN make the English coast in an open launch.
On D-Day, HAIDA guarded the Western Approaches against German attack on the armadas making for the French beachheads. Four German destroyers were engaged by HAIDA and her sister ships -two were destroyed and two were crippled. HAIDA closed out the war patrolling the French coast for U-boats and German convoys.
(From jacket liner)

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