Day: May 9, 2020

Voices from war’s end
Army, Military History

Voices from war’s end

The most familiar images from the end of the war are the joyful and sometimes raucous VE-Day celebrations on May 8, 1945. But the war did not end all at once for everybody. Freedom came in stages as the Allied front crept forward across Europe. Canadian liberators fought town to town, beginning in Sicily in July 1943, through France and Belgium with the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944, and in the Netherlands from September 1944 to the unconditional German surrender on May 7, 1945. Canadians on all fronts made poignant observations on the war—and its end. Some of their experiences are recounted here. On leave in Italy Rome fell to the United States army on June 4, 1944, and Canadian troops granted leave headed to the first liberated European capital. “I was very lucky to get one ...

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An informative primer on Canada’s crucial role in the Normandy landing, June 6, 1944.