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The Navy: A Century in Art
The Navy's Wars

A long and distinguished combat record is central to the navy's history and traditions. An armed force in support of Canadian national interests, it continues to perform a wide variety of important roles, from war fighting and peace support operations, to disaster relief and search and rescue.

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Anti-Aircraft Gun and Crew in ActionPainted by Donald C. Mackay around 1943
Anti-Aircraft Gun and Crew in Action
Painted by Donald C. Mackay around 1943

Slow-moving warships are highly vulnerable to attack from fast-moving aircraft, especially when sailing close to land.

In this work by war artist Donald C. Mackay, Canadian sailors fire a 20mm Oerlikon cannon at German aircraft during the Second World War. During the 1990-1991 war against Iraq, Canadian vessels sought additional air defence weapons, including 40mm Bofors, before deploying to the Persian Gulf.

Beaverbrook Collection of War Art
CWM 19710261-4197





Anti-Aircraft Gun and Crew in Action Painted by Donald C. Mackay around 1943
D-Day Painted by Thomas (Tom) Wood in 1944
Embarking Casualties on D-Day, HMCS Prince David  Painted by Harold Beament in 1944
RAS Complete Painted by Edward (Ted) Zuber in 1991
HMCS Ville de Québec Gets a Sub Painted by Harold Beament in 1943
HMCS St. Croix and U-Boat in North Atlantic Painted by Ronald Weyman in 1943
Daybreak, Gulf of Korea Painted by Edward (Ted) Zuber in 1978
Torpedoed, North Atlantic Painted by Paul Goranson in 1947
Mine Destruction Painted by Donald C. Mackay around 1943
Canadian Tribal Destroyers in Action Painted by Anthony (Tony) Law in 1946
Landing Craft Assault off Southern France Painted by Alex Colville in 1944
Finale Painted by Donald Connolly in 1987
    Date created: October 29, 2010