A doorway at the Normandy section comes out onto a balcony, looking over the Lebreton Gallery, where numerous vehicles and equipment from a wide range of countries and time periods are displayed.
Saturday, December 9, 2023
Back inside, for some of the equipment of both sides during the Normandy campaign, which became one of attrition and hard won victories.
One of the enemies the Canadians fought was a brutal German SS commander named Kurt Meyer, who would later be convicted of war crimes.
More Canadian faces, from officers to enlisted. One of the great strengths of the War Museum is in its telling of the stories of individuals.
And here we have another Normandy veteran. Forceful III is the name of this Sherman tank that saw action throughout the campaign, and now calls this spot home.
Major David Currie won the Victoria Cross by leading a handful of soldiers, keeping a larger force of Germans occupied for several days, capturing or destroying multiple pieces of equipment and taking over two thousand German prisoners in the process.
Alongside the other Allies, the Canadians pushed the Germans back more and more, freeing more of France as they went. It was the beginning of the end.
While the Allies were able to secure Antwerp, the vast estuary of the Scheldt downstream of it had to be cleared of Germans. This task was assigned to Canadians, and the campaign would be a tough one.