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#OTD – July 20 marks the 48th anniversary of the of the 1974 Cyprus crisis. This 1975 painting by E. Collin William shows armoured personnel carriers of the Canadian Airborne Regiment operating in Nicosia. #MilitaryHistory #CanadianHistory
Alta Wilkinson’s son Arthur served in the Canadian military. Alta followed his fate through letters and news reports. Their story and many others are contained in the travelling exhibition #WorldWarWomen, which needs your support. Donate today:… #WW2 #SWW
Lieutenant Robert Hampton ("Hammy") Gray was awarded the #VictoriaCross for his actions in the Pacific war. He was killed attacking Japanese vessels in Onagawa Bay on 9 August 1945. His remains were never found. #SecondWorldWar #MilitaryHistory #WarArt
This is a left-hand drive Canadian Army Pilot Model 15 Cwt.1 4X2 truck manufactured by The Ford Motor Company of Canada in late 1939 or early 1940. This truck was used by the Victoria Rifles of Canada during the #SWW. #MilitaryVehicles #MilitaryHistory
In this charcoal sketch by H.J. Mowat, 6 Canadians leave the trenches to go on a raid. Raids could involve only a few soldiers sneaking quietly forward, like the one depicted here, or several hundred attacking with coordinated support from the artillery, mortars, and machine-guns
Leading Seaman Keith Jones was on the HMCS Sioux on D-Day, supporting the Allied invasion of Normandy. His diary entry for that day reads “We can’t see the land for fire and smoke. It sounds like thunder. . .. German bomber just made an attack no hits.” #ForeverChangedSWW
On July 13, 1896, Sir Frederick William Borden was appointed Minister of Militia and Defense by Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier. Today, Borden is recognized as the Canadian who established the basis for the modern Canadian military. #CanadianHistory #MilitaryHistory
In this painting by Lieutenant Alfred Theodore Joseph Bastien, Canadian cavalry shelter in a wooded area to shield their presence from the enemy. #FirstWorldWar #CanadianHistory #WarArt #MilitaryHistory
During the #FirstWorldWar, shrapnel shells were particularly deadly against infantry, showering deadly metal balls when they exploded. This piece of shrapnel still has some of the metal balls, encrusted with rust, attached to it. It was picked up on #VimyRidge in 1986.
The @CanWarMuseum's "In Their Own Voices" oral history project is interviewing hundreds of veterans to explore how war & military service shapes the lives of veterans & their families. This is 101-year-old Peter Godwin Chance, veteran of D-Day & the Battle of the Atlantic. #ITOV
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July 10 is the anniversary of the start of the Allied invasion of Sicily, codenamed Operation Husky. This Italian flag was retrieved by Canadian forces in the town of Leonforte, Sicily, one of two major German bastions in the province during the campaign. #SecondWorldWar #OpHUSKY
Today is a historic day for Canada. Join the livestream at 12h30 (ADT) hosted by the Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia to watch the Government of Canada's Apology to No. 2 Construction Battalion.…
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My essay on the @CanWarMuseum's oral history project, In Their Own Voices. We're interviewing hundreds of veterans to better understand the long ripples of war. How does military service change veterans? How have veterans changed Canada?…
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This is the Legacy Shadow Quilt, a quilt created to perpetuate the memory of those who served with the No. 2 Construction Battalion. It will be displayed as part of the events surrounding the Canadian government’s official apology to those who served with the Battalion
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the construction of the St. Julien Canadian Memorial. The Memorial commemorates the brave action of the Canadian First Division during the Second Battle of Ypres.
The Museum is open, but is affected by the widespread internet outage. Online ticket purchases may be impacted, as is the use of debit cards onsite. Tickets can however be purchased in person at the Museum. Thank you for your understanding.
Join us on July 9 to watch a livestream of the ceremony and apology by the Government of Canada to relatives and descendants of members of the No. 2 Construction Battalion. This is a free event, but registration is recommended.…
#MachineOfTheMonth - The Museum’s Six-Ton Tank M1917 is one of only two remaining examples in Canada. They came to Canada as “scrap metal” from the United States for use as training vehicles. Although slow and unreliable, they proved useful until newer tanks became available.
On July 9, descendants of the #FWW No. 2 Construction Battalion will receive a formal apology. Learn more about the service of Black Canadians in A Community at War – The Military Service of Black Canadians of the Niagara Region. #BlacksinMilitary
Visit #ForeverChangedSWW to learn about Flying Officer Bill Sprenger, one of 100 Canadians who flew in the Battle of Britain.
Walter Allward’s Vimy memorial in France contains twenty allegorical figures. This maquette is a representation of The Breaking of the Sword, one of the allegories depicted at the Vimy Memorial. #FirstWorldWar #Vimy
Calling all history lovers! We strongly believe the Canadian public should have the opportunity to interact with and react to our military history. But we need your help. Follow the link and send a donation today. #WarMuseum…
Today, we remember the brave soldiers who fought and died at Beaumont-Hamel 106 years ago. Heads down, chins tucked, about 800 Newfoundlanders advanced into a hail of machine gun and artillery fire. Only 68 made roll call the next morning. #CanadaRemembers
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On July 1, Canada Day 2022 activities at LeBreton Flats Park and Place des festivals Zibi will have an impact on access to the Canadian War Museum. We encourage you to bike or use public transit. For more information, visit…
The Canadian War Museum recently acquired a book titled Purged: Their Crime – Homosexuality, by Canadian Armed Forces veteran Christine Potvin. This book contains several accounts of CAF members who were survivors of the discriminatory practices of the LGBT Purge. #Pride2022
The Watch on the Rhine (The Last Phase) was originally exhibited in Canada as part of the Canadian War Memorials exhibition in 1920. The painting's many symbolic elements represent Germany's defeat and the triumph of the Allied forces. #FWW #WarArt #MilitaryHistory
The @CanWarMuseum launched our In Their Own Voices oral history project this year about veterans' experiences from WWII to today. Our first interviews are now online. I want to introduce you to 99-year-old Blanche Bennett. You can read the interview here:…
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On July 1, Canada Day 2022 activities at LeBreton Flats Park and Place des festivals Zibi will have an impact on access to the #WarMuseum. We encourage you to bike or use public transit. For more information, visit…
Canadian Pilot Officer Doug Sam was a rear gunner on a Halifax bomber shot down on the night of June 28, 1944. For the next two months, Sam survived behind enemy lines with the help of the French Resistance. #ForeverChangedSWW
George Campbell Tinning’s painting, Drifting Down, depicts members of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion training. The peaceful scene is in marked contrast to events occurring elsewhere in 1944. #WarArt
This image shows feedback from visitors to Forever Changed who have shared a story of how the Second World War affected them, their family or their community. What about you? #ForeverChangedSWW
On 24 June 1944, Flight Lieutenant David Hornell of the Royal Canadian Air Force was the pilot of a plane on patrol north of the Shetland Islands. He was subsequently awarded the #VictoriaCross for his actions during and after the attack. #SWW
Reverend William White served as chaplain for No. 2 Construction Battalion during the #FWW, and on his return home, he became a leading member of the African community in Nova Scotia, working for Black rights in Canadian society. #BlacksinMilitary
The #WarMuseum needs your support! We strongly believe the Canadian public should have the opportunity to interact with and react to our military history. If you can contribute, please follow the link, and send a donation today. #WarMuseum…
🌞 New opening hours for the summer months! 🌞 From July 1 to September 5, the Museum will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and until 7 p.m. on Thursdays. Th@CanWarMuseumum will exceptionally close at 5 p.m. on July 7 and 14. Details
Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, we highlight the service of Trooper Lloyd George Moore. Moore served in as a tank driver with the 12th Canadian Army Tank Battalion during the #SWW. To learn more about Indigenous Peoples and Canada’s Military:…
William Kyle was one of six crew members declared missing when a Dakota from RCAF No. 435 Squadron crashed in northeastern Burma (now Myanmar) on June 21,1945. #ForeverChangedSWW
We are looking for a Digital Marketing Content Officer. Please apply no later than July 4, 2022. For more information on this position and other job opportunities please visit ➡️ @CanWarMuseum
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Check out this #SecondWorldWar poster featuring military and civilian headgear. It encouraged men and women to contribute to the war effort by joining the military or working on the home front.
#EnvironmentMW - This photograph of the ruined battlefield near Festubert was taken in the spring of 1919. The Canadians fought at Festubert in May 1915, but no official photographers accompanied them to the front.
During the Battle of the Atlantic, major ports like Halifax offered facilities for the docking, resupply, and repair of ships like the two Canadian destroyers depicted in Edwin Holgate's 1941 painting. #MilitaryHistory #WarArt
#FreedomMW – This flag was made by the citizens of Valenciennes to welcome Canadian troops that liberated the town. It was the first British flag to be put up at Valenciennes City Hall where it flew alongside the French flag. #MilitaryHistory #FirstWorldWar
#CreatorsMW Max Aitken (later known as Lord Beaverbrook) was a Canadian newspaper owner who founded the Canadian War Memorials Fund in November 1916. The Museum’s collection which bears his name contains thousands of paintings, sketches, and works of art.…
#InnovationMW: While the First World War on the Western Front was largely static, with the trench systems rarely moving, it was also a world of constant change and innovation. Learn more:…
Enter a random draw for a copy of the #ForeverChangedSWW publication: follow @CanWarMuseum and tag 3 people who would appreciate learning more about the impact the #SWW had on Canadians. Winners selected by random draw from entries received by June 13 at 4 pm EST.
Clarence Lapierre, a 20-year-old paratrooper with 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, dropped into Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Private Lapierre was killed the next day and is buried at Ranville War Cemetery near Caen, France. #BlacksinMilitary
#OTD - Corporal Joseph Kaeble of the 22nd Battalion, C.E.F. held back the advancing enemy, alone, with a Lewis machine gun at Neuville-Vitasse, France to earn the Victoria Cross. #FirstWorldWar #MilitaryHistory
#MachineOfTheMonth - The Canadian government ordered American M113 APCs in 1963 to increase the mobility and protection of infantry battalions in Germany during the Cold War. The Museum’s M113 APC was the first the Canadian Army received in 1964.
June 6th marks the 78th anniversary of D-Day. The Allied invasion of Europe was the most complex military operation in human history. On D-Day, Canadians suffered 1074 casualties, including 359 killed. #DDay #JunoBeach
Edith Vollrath was one of 300,000 Canadian women who held factory jobs during the Second World War, contributing to the Allied victory from the home front. #ForeverChangedSWW
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