DEMS at War!

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(Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships) and the Battle of Atlantic 1939-1945, by Max Reid.

Canada’s merchant seamen (and they were all men) served in one of the longest, most dangerous and least appreciated of the services. DEMS seamen were denied veterans benefits for 50 years after the war. Many spent long terms as prisoners of war and DEMS suffered one of the highest casualty rates. Illustrations, and photos, appendices with selections from the DEMS handbook. This is the most authoritative, credible book on this little-known chapter of Canada’s history in World War II.

Max Reid joined the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve from North Bay, Ontario in early 1943. After training as a Seaman Gunner DEMS he served in the SS PRINCESS JOAN, SS BEATON PARK, SS DUNLOP PARK and the Norwegian freighter MV RIO BRANCO. At the end of the war he was a Leading Seaman/Gunlayer DEMS and transferred to the regular navy. In 1949 he was commissioned from the rank of Petty Officer and subsequently specialized in anti-submarine warfare. During his regular navy career he served in nine Canadian warships, including command of H.M.C. Ships LANARK and TERRA NOVA. He retired in 1974, but remained in the Naval Reserve as a Convoy Commodore. Captain (N) (R) Reid is an Officer of the Order of Military Merit and holds the Canada Defense Medal with three Clasps, Victory Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Stars for the Battle of the Atlantic, Pacific, Burma and 1939 to 1945.
Quality paperback 5½x8½” 100pp, ISBN 0-88970-079-6


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