Royal Commission to Inquire into the Disorders at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Vicinity thereof, During a Celebration of the Declaration of Victory over Germany on the 7th and 8th May, 1945
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- Canada.Royal Commission on the Halifax Disorders, May 7th-8th, 1945
- Royal Commission to Inquire into the Disorders at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Vicinity thereof, During a Celebration of the Declaration of Victory over Germany on the 7th and 8th May, 1945
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The Halifax VE-Day riots of May 7-8, 1945, in Halifax and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia began as a celebration of the World War Two Victory in Europe. This rapidly declined into a rampage by several thousand servicemen, merchant seamen and civilians, who drank, smashed and looted their way through downtown Halifax. Dartmouth suffered on a smaller scale. A hastily convened Royal Commission chaired by Justice Roy Kellock (1893 - 1975) blamed the riots on the failure of Naval command to control the sailors, and particularly on Rear-Admiral Leonard W. Murray (1896 - 1971), who was subsequently removed from his command. It is also generally accepted that the underlying causes were a combination of bureaucratic confusion, insufficient policing and antipathy between the military and civilians, fueled by the presence of 25,000 servicemen who had strained Halifax wartime resources to the limit.
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