Nova Scotia Archives

'An East Coast Port'

Halifax in Wartime, 1939-1945


Background Reading

Bill Naftel's article, 'An East Coast Port' At War, 1939-1945 provides a wide-ranging, easy-to-read introduction and overview for this Website. Reading it will help you understand more clearly what the digitized photographs and documents are 'all about' and how Halifax fitted into the bigger picture of World War II.

Bill Naftel's brief article on H.B. Jefferson: Newspaperman and Wartime Press Censor is part of The Censor and The City, and provides useful background for understanding the records that survive from Jefferson's official role and his busy private life.

Jay White's article Untimely Demise: The Curious Case of The Ajax Club tells the story behind one effort in particular to provide a home-away-from-home for troops stationed in or passing through wartime Halifax.