Anything But Peaceful: Victoria And Esquimalt In The Aftermath Of V-J Day
The Second World War dramatically affected Canadian port cities. The months after V-J day, in 1945, were not peaceful and orderly in Victoria and Esquimalt. In a short time demobilization reduced the Canadian Navy from 100 000 personnel to just 7 500. Both cities were flooded with restless young sailors waiting to be demobilized. Near chaos prevailed. This presentation will explore this tumultuous time on Canada’s west coast.
David Zimmerman is a Professor of History at the University of Victoria. He has written several books and over twenty articles on various aspects of naval and military history