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75 Years Ago: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy

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Join award-winning historians Dr. Tim Cook and Dr. Jeff Noakes for a lecture and discussion about the commemoration and legacy of the D-Day landings and the Normandy Campaign.

Dr. Jeff Noakes will present the history of the D-Day landings and the Normandy Campaign through a selection of artifacts from the collections of the Canadian War Museum. These will range from photographs and letters, to works of art and even tanks.

Dr. Tim Cook will explore the memory of Canada’s D-Day over the past 75 years. Today, this iconic event is both celebrated and commemorated, but for many decades it was pushed to the periphery — little marked, and even ignored. By examining how Canadians have commemorated D-Day, Dr. Cook will explore the evolving social memory of Canada’s Second World War.

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Tim Cook is the First World War historian at the Canadian War Museum, and the author of 11 books. He was curator of the Museum’s Gallery 2, as well as numerous special, travelling and digital exhibitions. His books have won many awards, including the RBC Taylor Prize, the J.W. Dafoe Prize (twice), the Ottawa Book award (twice), and the C.P. Stacey award for best book in military history (twice). His latest book is The Secret History of Soldiers: How Canadians Survived the Great War (2018). For his contributions to history, he has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Governor General’s History Award for Popular Media. Dr. Cook is a member of the Order of Canada.

Jeff Noakes has been the Second World War historian at the Canadian War Museum since mid-2006. He is responsible for historical content in the Museum’s Second World War gallery, and has curated a range of special, travelling, and online exhibitions. He is the author or joint author of books, book chapters, exhibition catalogues, and articles on subjects related to the First World War, the Second World War, the Cold War, and the Arctic. His latest book, jointly edited and introduced with Whitney Lackenbauer, is A.G. Lester’s Special Contract: A Story of Defence Communications in Canada (2019).

In English with simultaneous French translation.

Presented in conjunction with the World at War – International Speaker Series, an annual series of academic events, presented by the Canadian War Museum.

Photo: George Metcalf Archival Collection
Canadian War Museum 20020045-1453

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