Canada at War: NOVA SCOTIA: Hot Time in Halifax

Victory in Europe hit Halifax like a blitz. For two hysterical days, servicemen and civilians looted, burned, wrecked and smashed heads. They gutted Halifax's shopping section, destroying or stealing property valued up to $5,000,000. When order was restored, as the result of exhaustion rather than authority, two men were dead; hospitals and jails were crammed.

The victory orgy got off to a rather pedestrian start on Monday with speeches and fireworks. At 11:15 at night Police Desk Sergeant Charles White leaned back in his chair, said: "My God, things are dead. . . . Nothing like last time, when they...

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