Jacques Doucet, 1890s
The Mint Museum
Paratroopers of the 101st Airborne standing on the ruins of a house after the Battle of Carentan/15 June 1944
Canadian soldiers storming Juno Beach, Courseulles-sur-Mer, France, June 6 1944. [991x 672]
Québécois Sgt. R. Gagnon (right) of Le Régiment de la Chaudière, 3rd Canadian Division, poses with a German POW (left) on the Nan White sector of Juno Beach who seems relieved to have been captured during the Allied D-Day landings (Operation Neptune). For him, the possibility of death fighting for a cause he may not have ardently believed in has come to a peaceful end. Juno Beach, Bernières-sur-Mer, Calvados, Lower Normandy, France, 6 June 1944. Image taken by Frank L. Dubervill.
A French woman tends to the grave of a 23-year-old Canadian soldier who was buried earlier that day; Bombardier Everitt Ivan Hill of the 2nd Anti-Tank Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, killed during the Battle for Caen. Under his name and date of burial is written ”The French Will Never Forget the Canadians.” Beneath that inscription, on a separate piece of paper, is written in French:
"Rest in peace under the beautiful French sky,
Son of Canada and glorious martyr.
You have given your life for our deliverance —
May your name be forever blessed in Heaven.”
Hill, originally from Little Britain, Ontario, enlisted with the Royal Canadian Artillery on 24 March 1941 and landed in Normandy on D-Day. He was later reburied at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery near Cintheaux and was one of approximately 50,539 Allied casualties in the Battle for Caen. Approximately 226,386 Allied soldiers and between 400,000 to 450,000 Axis soldiers would be killed in the Battle of Normandy. Caen, Calvados, Lower Normandy, France. 18 July 1944. Image taken by Canadian Army Lt. Ken Bell.
A mine detection dog being bandaged by a member of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps at Bayeux, France, 5 July 1944.
(British Army/Imperial War Museum)
Royal Canadian Navy Beach Commando personnel in and around a former German fortification on Juno Beach, Normandy, France, July 1944. From left to right: Bill Ross; Art Petty; P.J. White; John Forsyth; W. Murphy; Art Watt.