D-Day. June 6th, 1944 was months in the planning- the invasion and saving of Europe by Allied forces. With air and sea support and paratrooper insertions, Allied soldiers began turning the tide of the Second World War at five beaches in Normandy, France that morning- Utah and Omaha for the Americans, Sword and Gold for the British, and Juno for the Canadians. The Normandy campaign is extensively covered here in the War Museum.
A balcony here looks out onto Lebreton Gallery, which is filled with military vehicles and other equipment from Canada and other countries, and which is an area that concludes a visit to this museum. It is dominated by the CF-101F Voodoo fighter jet.
Stepping back into the exhibit gallery we return to panels and artifacts of Normandy.
They include this Sherman tank, one of many that was involved in the Normandy campaign.
The Allied western military kept pushing the German army back through Europe. Canadians found themselves driving into the Rhineland and into the Netherlands as part of that effort.
Here we have another set of panels on individuals involved in the Rhineland campaign.
This painting, Scheldt Crossing, is by Orville Fisher, and shows the dismal weather that Canadians dealt with in the Rhineland.
Today I finish with this Jeep and another perspective on the panels of those soldiers. You might also note the pistol in the display case in the background. I didn't photograph it in close up this time, but it's one of my favourite artifacts here. A wounded Canadian soldier was taken prisoner by Germans, but grabbed one of their guns and forced them to take him back to his lines, taking them prisoner instead. That pistol is now given pride of place in the Museum.