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Second World War (1939-1945)
The Navy in European Waters  - D-Day and the Normandy Landings

Over 100 Canadian warships and some 10,000 Canadian sailors supported D-Day, the 6 June 1944 landings in Normandy. Canadian ships and sailors helped protect the invasion fleet, cleared German minefields, and ferried Allied troops across the Channel.

Lanchester Sub-Machine-gun
Lanchester Sub-Machine-gun

Members of the Royal Canadian Navy's Beach Commando "W" carried Lanchester sub-machine-guns like this example.

The Lanchester, based on a German design, was the Royal Canadian Navy's standard sub-machine-gun, and could be fitted with the long bayonet seen here. Beach Commandos were created to coordinate operations on the beachhead during amphibious landings like D-Day. Beach Commando "W", created in late 1943, was sent to Juno Beach, the Canadian landing area in Normandy, in early July 1944, and returned to the United Kingdom in August.

Automatic Sub Machine-gun, Lanchester MK I*
CWM 19640038-001
Bayonet, Pattern 1907
CWM 20000132-002

HMCS Caraquet Model
Oropesa Minesweeping Float
Tangled Float, No.2
Chaudières Embarking for Normandy Assault
Third Canadian Division Assault Troops
260th Landing Craft Flotilla, Southampton, England
Officers of the 260th and 262nd Flotillas
The Crew of LCI(L) 135
LCI(L) 249, Bernières-sur-Mer, 6 June 1944
LCI(L) 249 at Bernières-sur-Mer, 6 June 1944
LCI(L) 135 on Juno Beach
LCI(L) 249 in Drydock, Portsmouth, England
White Ensign, LCI(L) 250
Chaplain James Harold Graven's Pyx
Royal Canadian Navy Beach Commando Battle Dress Blouse
Lanchester Sub-Machine-gun
Southampton Pub, D-Day Plus One
Rescue at Sea
The Gale of Hurricane Force on the Normandy Beach