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Saturday, June 6

The Canadians on D Day

Canadian Wounded on D Day

On June 6, 1944, Britain, Canada and the US Allied armies landed on the coast of Normandy. The 3rd Canadian Infantry Division landed on Juno Beach where they stormed ashore, seeking victory. The Germans were fierce opposition, sweeping the beach with machine gun fire. The Canadians braved the storm and, while fighting hand-to-hand, infiltrated enemy territory and made their way into the towns of Bernieres, Courseulles and St. Aubin. From there they moved inland and secured a critical bridgehead for the invasion. This victory was a turning point in WWII and lead to the defeat of Nazi Germany and the Liberation of Europe.

German POWs taken by Canadians are being marched to ships leaving for England




Canadians in House Clearing Exercise D Day

Fourteen thousand Canadians landed on Juno Beach. Their determination and courage allowed victory in those most critical hours. 340 men lost their lives and 574 were wounded. The Canadian 3rd Division penetrated further into France on D Day than any other division.

Hats off to the men and women (yes, 50,000 women) who served Canada on D Day and throughout WWII. They were all heroes and if not for their bravery and courage, Canada and the world would be a much different place today. We must never forget.
Photos courtesy of the National Archives of Canada

22 comments:

  1. Great post - great tribute! I like the pictures.

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  2. Mari,This is a great posting.I have my ouw D-Day posting up as well,I cannot take credit for it.

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  3. Yes we must never forget those who made it possible for us to enjoy our freedom then and now. Peace

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  4. Hello Mary
    Great thought producing post. Thank you:)
    Cathy

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  5. Thank you for reminding us of how valiantly the Canadians fought during WW II!

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  6. Thursday at our county women's club, we had a speaker from Honor Flight. He said there was to be a huge celebration to commemorate D Day at the Space Center here today.
    Thank you for your post.
    Mama Bear

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  7. Bud's Uncle was over there at the time.

    And.......

    I'm here, I'm here. I posted a comment on your previous post, but y'know?-----I missed this one somehow.

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  8. Excellent tribute. A day which truly changed the world forever!
    God Bless!
    ~AM

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  9. So many lives lost, others maimed for life, or injured but a long time healing and a few who came home sort of all there, sort of okay.
    What a debt we all owe those who risked life and limb, those who lost in the battles so that we can enjoy life here today -be it in the USA or Canada or so many other countries too -in peace as we try to gain harmony.
    Wonderful post Mary and you're so right, we must never, ever, forget!

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  10. D Day, nobody should forget. I am surprised that it is not a public holiday.

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  11. A beautiful tribute, dear Mary. It certainly is a day that no one should forget, most of all the younger generation. Too many have no clue of the sacrifices made by these men and women so that they can have the freedom they enjoy today. xoxo

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  12. Mary- at truly beautiful tribute for D-day.

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  13. Yes we must never forget those who made it possible for us to enjoy our freedom then and now. Peace

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