The entrance to the Normandy portion of the World War Two gallery at the War Museum is through a short passage, with a projection of footage of the landing on D-Day at the end.
On June 6th, 1944, while Americans stormed Omaha and Utah Beach, and the British took Sword and Gold Beach, Canadian soldiers landed on and took Juno Beach. It was the great turning of the tide of the war in the west.
Two extraordinary paintings are together. Invasion Pattern Normandy is by Eric Aldwinckle, dating to 1945, depicting things from above the beaches with the aerial assault on German positions. D-Day- The Assault is by Orville Fisher, the only war artist to land at any of the beaches on that day. Fisher was with the landing Canadians, and ditched most of his art gear, understanding that he'd drown with them. He reached the beach with what he had kept- pencils and waterproof pads- and started sketching what he was seeing, later transferring to paintings.
Some of you may remember this.
As is so often the case at this museum, individual stories are highlighted.
Many families received such telegrams.
A nearby balcony allows the visitor to look out over the Lebreton Gallery, where a large collection of military vehicles and equipment are displayed.