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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.

Southampton Pub, D-Day Plus One
Southampton Pub, D-Day Plus One

Tom Wood's watercolour depicts civilians and Allied sailors celebrating in Southampton, England, on 7 June 1944, the day after the D-Day landings.

Among the sailors are Canadians (far left and far right), an American (at the piano), and a Free French sailor (centre, with red pom-pom on cap). Ports like Southampton, on England's south coast, were essential to the success of the landings and subsequent campaign in Normandy. They were often visited by sailors from Canada and other Allied nations.

Southampton Pub, D-Day Plus One
Painted by Tom Wood in 1944
Beaverbrook Collection of War Art
CWM 19710261-4911

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