Thursday, August 19, 2021

Final Battle

 Two tanks of the same era, side by side. The Sherman became the primary tank for Canadians during the Second World War, as well as other Allied forces. Beside it is the Soviet T-34/ 85 tank, which won the war in the east against German tanks.

Two last looks at the Gallery.

I headed back up towards the main entrance area. Stopping here, I paused to photograph this large recent painting of a Normandy veteran. Normandy Warrior is the title of this 2020 painting by Elaine Gobel, depicting Philip Favel, a member of the Sweetgrass First Nation and a veteran from Normandy through to the end.

Across from it is an artifact that has great significance. The Canadians reached the end of the line in World War One at Mons, Belgium, and gave two field guns to the city. It was said they were the last Canadian guns fired of the war. In commemoration of the centennial of the end of the war, Mons gave this one back to Canada. It now resides here.

Outside, one last view of the Museum to end this visit. I expect to make another visit in November for Remembrance Day.


  1. Interesting (and scary) how those war-tools developed. Even more scary what we have now.

  2. Once again: we have things to learn from history.

  3. Gosh the portrait of the Normandy Warrior is incredible William, so much held in those sad eyes 💚

  4. Beautiful painting of that Normandy veteran.

  5. These tanks paled compared to our modern days war weapons. That is a great portrait.

  6. I just have to say it. Tanks a lot for this post.

  7. Hello,

    I like the portrait of the veteran, great exhibit. Have a great day!

  8. A super portrait, William. It looks like there were few people around when you were there.

  9. ...the final battle, it sounds wonderful!

  10. The old guns had a lot of power but were very inaccurate.

  11. @Iris: true.

    @Italiafinlandia: we do.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Grace: the portrait has power to it.

    @Jan: I certainly thought so.

    @Nancy: thank you.

    @Anvilcloud: you're welcome!

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @RedPat: there were some.

    @Tom: the title felt appropriate.

    @Red: it really came down to the capabilities of the crew.

  12. Esas viejas armas, han sido remplazadas por unas de más potencia y más exactitud.

    Son recuerdos de un época y de una gran contienda, que dividió a la humanidad.

  13. Neat to see the old military machinery though, such a difference to what we have today.

  14. A peasshooter compared to today's artillery.

  15. If only wars ended by exchanging guns!

  16. War is hell ~ but good post and photos ~

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)