Yesterday’s post on Dieppe, displayed Canada’s tragic WWII history. This recent arrival below depicts a more successful segment of Canada’s history. It is a photograph of the Canadian troops landing on Juno Beach. The ally invasion of Nazi-occupied France was central to Germany’s defeat.
A bicycle that they are unloading (on the right) isn’t what I would have initially considered essential gear. And boy does the guy on the left have a lot of gear!
The sender also remarks on another element of the photo:
“Normandy Landing, 6th June 1944. The 3rd Canadian division land in the JUNO sector.
“More from Juno Beach. I didn’t know they let guys in glasses serve in the front lines. We were at Pegasus Bridge yesterday – site of the first D-Day battle.
Bonus a square card!”
This may be the first perfectly square postcard in the Collection – round, oval, and other odd shapes are fairly common but not square ones. I wonder if the square shape better captures the aspect ratio of the original photograph?
Update: June 18, 2019
I recently received an update that the postcard has incorrectly attributed the image to Canadian forces. Here’s the message I received from Ellen:
I just need to correct you. You show a photo at the top of your page about the D’Day landings saying its Canadians. It is in fact British Royal Marine Commandos. The man in the forefront of the image is my uncle James of the 4th Special Services (Royal Marine Commandos). It is wrongly labelled 9n another site attributed to the Canadians. This landing image is their arrival on Nan Red sector of Juno Beach. This can be verified with the collection at the Imperial War Museum online.