Friday, August 6, 2021

The Struggle To Save Europe

 A wider view of this area to start things off today.

Canadians had a limited involvement in North Africa, with some Naval units attached off the coast, and some embedded with Allied infantry for battlefield experience.

A drawing here is by Wilhelm Wessel, a German artist: First Exchange Of Fire Between British And Germans, 21st Division

Gordon Fennell had the great luck to have made it back from the Dieppe disaster to serve through to the end of the war.

These are his shoes.

And for today, we'll leave off with this panel, a reminder that many families were worried at home as their sons, husbands, and brothers were in harms way.


  1. Those poor people with fear and hopes at home...

  2. No one wants to go through the ordeal of having to worry about their love ones who went to war. I think it is torturing worrying about their safety.

  3. Hello,
    Great exhibit. It is always a relief when the soldiers return home safely.
    Take care, have a happy day and a great weekend!

  4. ...back then fighters wore uniforms and wars were "won!" Now war goes on and on!

  5. @Maywyn: worth holding onto.

    @Italiafinlandia: definitely.

    @Iris: indeed.

    @Nancy: it is.

    @Eileen: thanks.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @Tom: so it seems.

    @David: and on and on.

  6. Sue's dad spent some time in North Africa. I forget how long. He was also in Italy and The Netherlands.

  7. Artifacts such as shoes personalized the war.

  8. I agree and second what Tom has said.

  9. That Wessel painting is striking. I love the personal stories.

  10. Good panel on worried family and relatives. I'm sure they must have been terrified.

  11. Ahora europa está en paz y gran número de naciones, han formado la comunidad Europea.

  12. @Anvilcloud: quite a way to meet the world, doing so in the service.

    @Marie: they do indeed.

    @RedPat: they were.

    @Magiceye: indeed.

    @Jeanie: me too.

    @Red: for good reason.

    @Sharon: that they were.

    @Ventana: thank you.

  13. I am still in awe of the selfless way soldiers from across the ocean came to Europe to liberate us as I read various stories.

    1. It was the new world coming to save the old world.

  14. If those shoes could talk what a tale they would tell.

  15. Personal touch to the display is wonderful ~ despite the difficult times ~

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka ( A Creative Harbor)

  16. i often wonder what it might have been like ... i hope that sounds right ... i just wonder ... i know when in early yrs of school we did drill ... but i think it might be different when u knew it was so certain. if that make any sense. to us these days i would think it is less common. ( ;