Monday, December 7, 2020

War In The Air And The Ground

The emphasis here starts to examine warfare in the air during the war, complete with a fighter mounted overhead. 

A panel along with wreckage looks at the extraordinary bravery of Andrew Mynarski, a Victoria Cross winner who gave his life trying to save a fellow crewman on a burning Lancaster bomber.

This painting is by Paul Goranson, titled Air Raid On San Giusto, Pisa, depicting a raid against a German airfield in Italy by Canadian bombers based out of North Africa.

Aside from women working on the war effort at home, women would come to be represented in the branches of the Canadian military abroad in various capacities.

This painting I've shown before. Robert Stewart Hyndman painted this, titled Sergeant M.E. Boreham, The British Empire Medal, in 1945. Myrtle Boreham joined the RCAF in 1942 and served through to the end of the war, receiving the medal in 1944 for her service.

The Canadian military took part in the drive into Italy, and that is examined here.

Among the items here is a walk through reconstruction of a building, with a Canadian soldier on one side of a wall.

And a German on the other.

Where the military went, so too did reporters. Correspondents of the CBC followed the war effort everywhere, sending dispatches home and finding themselves in peril as well.

For today I leave off with this tank, captured during the Italian campaign and today part of the museum's collection.


  1. Thanks for sharing. Especially the part related to women.

  2. Interesting and impressive in one.

  3. we have snow falling, nothing like what i wish for??! but the kid in me sure would wish for more. LOL! have a great week. hope u r well. take care. ( ;

  4. ...war from the air changed everything.

  5. If I ran the world, there would be no more war.

  6. New technology was developed at a fast pace trying to win the war.

  7. The exhibit is quite impressive.

  8. The display soldiers look so real in your photos!

  9. @Italiafinlandia: you're welcome.

    @Agnieszka: thank you.

    @Susie: very much so.

    @Karl: definitely.

    @Beth: thank you.

    @Tom: it really did.

    @DJan: if only.

    @RedPat: it doesn't.

    @Red: that's true.

    @Bill: I think so.

    @Maywyn: yes, they do.

  10. Tanks today are a bit bigger I suspect.

    1. They are, but there's a Sherman near this one that's big enough in and of its own.

  11. I bet those tanks were scary machines to see.

  12. The reconstruction of the wall seperating the two soldiers was particularly poignant William 💛