Wednesday, December 6, 2023

A War Felt Right At Home

 Propaganda posters of the Second World War stand out as we begin to look at how the war affected life at home.

Women joined the war effort, both as civilian workers in munitions factories or doing things that men had been doing, and in roles as members of the military, such as the Canadian Women's Army Corps.

Needless to say, the sentiment of this poster for war bonds could be agreed upon by pretty much everyone of the time.

Rationing became part of life.

Veterans of the First World War were encouraged to re-enlist, training new soldiers or guarding POW camps as part of the Veterans Guard of Canada.

The uniform and rifle of the VGC. The crossbow was improvised by a German POW.

POW camps were found across the country, a long distance from Germany, where prisoners, even if they did escape, were unlikely to find help from anyone.

Canadians were garrisoned in Britain- aircrews who were launching regular missions during the war, convoys landing at British ports, and soldiers waiting for the inevitable push back onto the continent.

That first push ended in disaster at a place along the coast of France called Dieppe, where Canadians were held off and pushed back in the Dieppe Raid of August 1942. The lucky ones escaped, but others were killed or taken prisoner. But the hard lessons would be learned two years later for the invasion at Normandy.


  1. Sad to think people are still having to deal with war. Another excellent exhibit, thank you. They do make me more reflective.

  2. Great exhibit, the women wanted to help out as much as they could. Take care, have a great day!

  3. ...most don't have this feeling today.

  4. A friend here has an aunt who is alive and well at 100+. She served overseas and accompanied injured military personnel across the Atlantic in ship convoys for years. She is an unsung hero!

  5. We seem to be in endless war these days.

  6. This war is starting to seem like a log time ago. However, we haven't learned anything. There's a lot of very situations right now.

  7. The Victory sign is my favourite.

  8. Good display of the home front support for the war ~ grateful that we are not under a ruler like Hitler ~

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. If I ever get up your way I would like to go through this museum. The war years were hard on everyone.

  10. This section would particularly interest me. I'm always intrigued by the homefront.

  11. I like the old posters, and that Victory sign really stands out!

    All the best Jan

  12. I am very grateful I have not had to endure a war.