Corvette Bridge is a 1944 painting by Donald MacKay.
This is the service uniform of Joan Voller, one of the members of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service. I believe she has since passed away, but I remember seeing her here periodically on Remembrance Day in the past.
Items on this wall look into the war on the east coast. All of those dots along the shore or in the sea represent interactions, battles, or landings by Germans from the sea. The St. Lawrence and the Canadian coast were very busy places during the war.
A quote by Churchill accompanies this: a German u-boat torpedo.
How to kill a u-boat: the depth charge, an item that proved very useful to Allied warships.
Something of critical importance to the Allies: the capturing of Enigma devices. It was with these that codebreakers were effectively able to read the German commuications.
Canada's part in the war was primarily focused on the European war, but there was participation in the Pacific from the beginning. At the same time Japanese forces launched the attack on Pearl Harbor, they struck elsewhere in the world, including at Hong Kong, where Canadian forces were garrisoned. The Battle of Hong Kong would end in defeat, with many killed and many more taken prisoner.
This is the uniform and gear of a Canadian soldier in that theatre of war.
While this is how a Japanese soldier of the time was set up.
As that generation dies out, it is good to be reminded of their sacrifices.ReplyDelete
Many have sacrificed for the peace that we took for granted.ReplyDelete
Another well documented part of history you have shared. Thank you William!ReplyDelete
These items are precious artefacts from the periodReplyDelete
That they are.Delete
There were many Canadian air squadrons stationed in this area during WWII and I remember those who'd lived through those times always speaking very highly of them. My Aunt went as far as marrying one of them!ReplyDelete
Quite a story!Delete
I was in two U-Boats. Scary it was. But then war is always scary.ReplyDelete
And no doubt cramped.Delete
This is a great war museum, history is well documented. Take care, enjoy your day!ReplyDelete
It is well laid out.Delete
...war seems to be an endless activity.ReplyDelete
So it seems.Delete
the codebreaker looks like a typewriter I used to have when there were not yet electric once ! For the last poster I would suggest go dancing and enjoy life and let the politicians fight in a box ring !ReplyDelete
The Enigma is a fascinating story of that war.Delete
The woman's uniform looks so neat. Hard to fight in a skirt, though. But I suppose in those days they didn't fight.ReplyDelete
No, their duties were largely administrative.Delete
A ferry traveling between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia during the Second World War was torpedoed and sunk with a loss of lives. The U boats were all around Newfoundland.ReplyDelete
It was a hell of a war in the Gulf.Delete
That MacKay painting is lovely. I really love the graphics on the poster at the end (Remember Hong Kong)ReplyDelete
That poster is well designed.Delete
The Canadian soldier in Hong Kong didn't look as appropriately dressed as the Japanese one. Like the style of the poster.ReplyDelete
Terrible memories well preserved.ReplyDelete
I think so.Delete
The Enigma is an interesting part of the history, I never saw one before. Thanks for sharing, William.ReplyDelete
Great war exhibit of air and sea war ~ReplyDelete
Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days ~
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)
The Enigma was a game changer in the war.ReplyDelete
Can't believe there were so many German landings on the St. Lawrence.ReplyDelete
They were active.Delete
Like Red, surprised at the German activity on your East Coast.ReplyDelete
An underreported aspect of the War.Delete
History is well documented ... do we learn from it though?ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
You sometimes wonder.Delete
I know I have said it before, but I really like seeing the uniforms of these times.ReplyDelete
I do too.Delete