A reminder to members of City Daily Photo: the theme for August 1st is Music.
I went into the permanent galleries at the War Museum. They start out with conflict between First Nations peoples and start moving forward in time, placing Canadian military conflict in context with events around the world. This time I started photographing with the Second World War.
The section opens up with an examination of the world's unfolding status during the 1930s. This includes a Mercedes Benz limo, one of several used by Hitler. It was captured by Americans in 1945 and came into Canadian hands some years later.
This is a scale model of U-190, a German sub that surrendered to the Canadian navy at war's end.
One of the techniques the Japanese used against the Allies was the launching of balloon bombs over the Pacific, thousands of them sent with the winds towards North America to spread panic and start forest fires. Three hundred of those made the full crossing, with eighty of them in Canada.
This is a depth charge, used by Allied surface ships to combat submarines. They would sink to pre-set depths and detonate, with the objective of destroying subs by the shock waves.
A scale model is here. H.M.C.S. Swansea was a Canadian frigate used in the hunt for German u-boats.
A section about the home front features a series of posters of the time.
The section moves forward, including a fighter plane suspended above the gallery in an area dealing with the air war in Europe.
The Normandy Campaign is a large part of this section, and here one will find a doorway stepping out onto the terrace overlooking the Lebreton Gallery, where military equipment from multiple countries are exhibited. That is actually the final area of a tour one makes, and we'll be down there before I'm done.
Here the Normandy Campaign is examined, from D-Day to the Falaise Gap, before moving onto the final phases of the war.
The section ends with the conclusion of the war. Photographs of war's end and its aftermath dominate the walls, and items here include a captured Nazi flag and a roof tile from a building at Hiroshima.