Canadians would take part in D-Day and the Normandy campaign, storming Juno Beach, one of five beaches for the great invasion by Allied forces on June 6th, 1944.
Leslie Neufeld was one of those who would not live to see the end of that day. He struggled with his pacifist Mennonite background and his loyalty to the country, but ended up as one of the paratroopers launching into Normandy on D-Day.
This is Drifting Down, a 1944 painting by George Tinning, depicting paratroopers landing in Normandy.
Doug Sam was a pilot officer on a Halifax bomber whose plane got shot down in June 1944. He was one of the lucky ones who didn't get caught and reached safety, returning to the fight afterwards.
Night Target, Germany is a 1946 painting by Miller Brittain.
Alongside the troops, others documented the war effort. War artists, journalists, camera crews were part of that. So too was the concept of war historians. This was the case with Lt. Colonel Charles Stacey.
Here we have his uniform coat and one of his books- in both official languages.