Departing Regeneration Hall as seen in yesterday's post takes us into the final exhibition space of the Museum. Lebreton Gallery contains vehicles, equipment, and artifacts of multiple wars across time, and from multiple countries. Two large memorial plaques are found here, one for each of the World Wars. These were in the Toronto flagship store for the Eaton's department store company for many years, memorializing company employees who fought and died in those wars. Now the War Museum is their home.
Friday, February 4, 2022
Artifacts In The Lebreton Gallery
The vehicles range from trucks to tanks to planes and even naval equipment. I find this area particularly fascinating.
There is a model set up near the memorial plaques, and this is one detail of it. A German pillbox at Passchendaele has a cutaway roof to reveal the soldiers inside. A close look at one of the mudholes to the right will reveal a lone figure- a Canadian soldier about to throw a grenade. Sergeant Tommy Holmes won the Victoria Cross for his actions on October 26th, 1917.
This looks like a tank, but it's not. This is a mobile Howitzer. Most of the vehicles in the Gallery include panels explaining their technical specifications and histories.
What dominates the Gallery is a mounted interceptor jet. The CF-101F Voodoo was the standard RCAF fighter for twenty years.