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D-Day and the Battle of Normandy: 80 Years On

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On June 6, 1944, Canadian, British, American and Free French forces landed in Normandy. Canadians serving in army, navy, air force and medical units played key roles throughout the campaign that followed. The Germans had spent years preparing to counter this invasion. The battles for the beaches and beyond were hard-won. Allied victory came through skill and tenacity.

Over the years, the D-Day landings and the Normandy campaign have captured the public’s interest as one of the most recognized and pivotal campaigns of the Second World War. But what happened during these events? What impact did they have on those who participated in them and on their families? And how was the campaign depicted by different artists, including the only official Canadian war artist to go ashore on June 6?

Three of the Canadian War Museum’s historians will offer a glimpse into the campaign and its legacies. Come join Dr. Jeff Noakes, Sarafina Pagnotta, Canadian war art historian, and Dr. Michael Petrou for a night of historical exploration. Their lectures will be accompanied by images of historical photographs, letters, works of art and material culture, as well as by short video and audio clips.

The event, which will be recorded, will take place in English, with simultaneous interpretation in French. The recording will be made available online and through social media.

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General admission: $10 + tax
Members: Free! Registration required.



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D-Day Landing Craft
CWM 20020045-1906
George Metcalf Archival Collection
Canadian War Museum

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