As the war drove towards its end, Canadian troops would take part in the Rhineland campaign.
This pistol, from that campaign, is one of my favourite artifacts of the Museum. The explanatory panel gives the reason why.
In the Pacific Theatre, Canadians played other roles.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki would bring an end to the war. Among the items here is a tile from a temple in Hiroshima, which was exposed to the radiation of the atomic blast.
For many Canadians, the war in Europe ended with the liberation of the Netherlands. A fountain pen was used during the surrender signing, and it now resides here.
Canada had provided a place of refuge for the Crown Princess of the Netherlands, and the liberation of the country by Canadian troops established a deep and lasting friendship between two countries, one of the positive outcomes of war.