Another case of outstanding war art is found here. War artist Charles Comfort painted Canadian Armour Passing Through Ortona, taken from his memories of accompanying the military during the Italian campaign.
Ernest "Smokey" Smith won the Victoria Cross for his bravery during the campaign- acts of an ordinary man doing extraordinary things. And yet this was typical- everyday citizens stepping up and doing things that were anything but ordinary.
A trophy of war: a Stug III, a German weapon.
Another legacy of the Italian campaign: the joint special forces unit made up of Canadian and American soldiers, the First Special Services Force, forever remembered by their nickname: the Devil's Brigade. This is a uniform with the distinctive dark red cap.
The Devil's Brigade was active from 1942 until its disbanding late in 1944 due to heavy losses. It fought in Italy and France and established a combat record that took on a life of its own.
In the lead up to D-Day, Allied intelligence (most notably the Special Operations Executive) worked with Resistance groups in Europe to prepare for what was to come.
Some SOE gear for infiltration agents is seen here.
D-Day, the greatest aquatic invasion in history, was long in planning, with a concerted effort from the sea and in the air to support the landing of soldiers at five beaches in Normandy. Models of two Canadian ships involved are seen here.
The man who had become Supreme Commander, Dwight D. Eisenhower, referred to D-Day as the Great Crusade. It wasn't just about freeing Europe, it was saving it.
We carry on from here tomorrow.
William - I cannot imagine the terror of war - the bravery of "ordinary" men and women in the face of such odds is astonishing. Thanks for visiting my blog!ReplyDelete
Since ancient days, wars have been fought.ReplyDelete
D-Day... slaughtering comes to mind. Why did so many men and also women participate I will never understand.ReplyDelete
And that "we" do not learn.
So it seems.Delete
I do wonder why he is called smokey though. Smoking hot?ReplyDelete
There must be a reason for the name.Delete
Another great exhibit.
I am thankful for all the brave men and women that went to war for all of us!
Have a great day and happy new week!
I am too.Delete
Fue una gran cruzada la que se emprendió, terminando con la derrota del poderoso rival.ReplyDelete
...I like of war often now that our grandson is an Army medic.ReplyDelete
It's something to be proud of.Delete
Smokey’s story is quite something! A hero indeed!ReplyDelete
Such brave people.ReplyDelete
Bless all the braveReplyDelete
Many stories told in this museum.ReplyDelete
That painting in the first photo is great.ReplyDelete
I think so too.Delete
One could spend hours in this wonderful museum.ReplyDelete
I certainly have.Delete
That's how I feel about Ukraine. Saving it.ReplyDelete
Awesome courage ~ grateful ~ReplyDelete
Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
The painting captures the moment perfectly.ReplyDelete
Good that Ernest won the Victoria Cross, so much bravery back then.ReplyDelete
In our day the battle lines are blurred, but courage is still in season.. being clear-eyed our main weapon of defense. Best wishes to you at Christmas time my friendReplyDelete
The Greatest Generation was called to face monumental challenges, and they did so bravely. It is good to honor and remember their sacrifices!ReplyDelete
The painting in your first photo is my favorite here today.ReplyDelete