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?