Despite official policies of discrimination and suspicion, Canadians of Japanese background served with distinction and honour during the war.
A Japanese soldier of the era is depicted here, along with weapons.
Panels look at the measures Canada took to protect its west coast.
This painting is by Edward Hughes, titled Patrol, Kiska. In 1942, as part of its larger operations in the Pacific, the Japanese navy targeted Midway (one of the most decisive battles of the entire war, and a turning point for the Allies in the Pacific), but also sent some of their forces north to the Aleutians of Alaska, capturing the islands of Kiska and Attu, in the hopes of establishing bases there for operations into North America as a whole. The ground in these places was unsuited for bases and runways, and in 1943, a joint force of American and Canadian soldiers took the islands back.
Weapons of the era are here.
Propaganda posters start off a section looking at the war at home.
Women in the work place became a big thing during the war as part of the production for the war.
True: let's not forget the role of women...ReplyDelete
Some scary weapons here William.ReplyDelete
He is not a Japanese soldier. He is a Canadian soldier and - if we must add it - of Japanese descent. Along with the residential school atrocities, the treatment of our fellow citizens because of their ancestry is one of the great stains on Canadian history.ReplyDelete
I agree. Though in the case of what's in the display case, that is the uniform of a soldier in the Japanese military.Delete
I like that poster wall.ReplyDelete
'Kiska' in Hindi means 'Whose?' 😊ReplyDelete
I would not have known.Delete
The Japanese internment was a horrible part of our history. Such a thing must never happen again!ReplyDelete
...it's refreshing to hear that Canada had a sane policy about Canadians of Japanese background.ReplyDelete
Unfortunately we did intern many.Delete
I enjoy reading about the work women did during the war.ReplyDelete
They did a lot.Delete
Another great display and photos ~ Hope you are keeping warm ~ReplyDelete
Wishing you a happy day,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
It's quite cold today.Delete
The Aleutians are a strategic area that I believe, has a documentary or is part of one. The islands' part in WWII is fascinating.ReplyDelete
If often overlooked.Delete
I have 2 friends of Japanese descent who were interned as small children. Their families lost everything.ReplyDelete
The architect who designed the Museum's present home was one of them.Delete
We treated our Japanese citizens very badly.ReplyDelete
Yes we did.Delete
The women contributed a lot during the war.ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
Yes they did.Delete
The US does not have a good plus on their record for their bad treatment of Japanese in WWII. I am grateful for those who served -- it must have been hard to take that role on a country where they may well still have had family.ReplyDelete
Shorts! Now that's my kind of uniform.ReplyDelete
Required in tropical climates.Delete
Our local Japanese boys were the famed 442 go for broke battalion that has been so decorated. I'm excited to hear about the Canadian version of the story!ReplyDelete
Daniel Inouye being the best example of them I can think of.Delete
So much information from the Canadian side! Thanks for sharing such detailed info, and the photos are wonderful.ReplyDelete