Since this year is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in the "War to end all wars", the specially featured display is focused on Vimy. Many folks believe that this battle was the one that inaugurated Canada into the family of nations as an independent nation rather than a colony. The memory of the sacrifice there is held in memory by Canadians.
|One light for each Canadian casualty|
|A view of most of the display - much of it interactive.|
|Elsewhere in the museum, in the WWI portion, an aeroplane still flies.|
|An 8-inch howitzer.|
|An original uniform of the Canadian Nursing Sisters.|
|The original light blue has faded to grey over the years.|
|In the War of 1812 section, we found General Brock's coat.|
|Quite a garage.|
|A t-34/85 and a Churchill tank. A Sherman 76 is trying to photo-bomb this shot.|
|Your humble blogger attempts to read the bronze plaque on the Canadian Leopard II|
that warns that the coating on the tank could be toxic if you take a metal grinder to the armour.
I quickly ditched my grinder and Dremel tools.
|A Canadian APC - a Grizzly, I believe.|
|A variant of the M-113 with a TOW projector on the top.|
These are hefty vehicles.
|For a change of pace, a soup-and-hot-coffee wagon from the UK.|
built on a Ford chassis, it would make a nice side piece of "table clutter" for a WWII game.
|German searchlight with the business end turned away.|
|Quite a line-up!|
Sherman 75, Sexton self-propelled gun (25#), the clumsy-looking Lee, the sleek Panther, a Sherman 76, and the T-34/85.
Classics of armour each one.
|My friend, Martin's favourite vehicle - the Bren Carrier.|
|The F-101 Voodoo in Canadian markings.|
I'd heard that this venerable warbird soldiered on with the RCAF for a long, long time.
|Need a garden tractor? Try this engineering vehicle!|
|A German Kriegsmarine midget submarine, brought back to Canada by Canadian author, Farley Mowat and the unit he was assigned to in the Netherlands at the end of WWII.|
|Goliath, a small, fully-tracked, remotely-controlled demolitions vehicle used|
by the German Wehrmacht in WWII. It's smaller than my kitchen table,
|Various trucks and cars, including a VW amphibious Schwimmwagen just to right of center.|
|If I had one, I'd ride it... and the neighbors would hate me.|
|A rarity! The German 2.8cm light anti-tank gun (2.8cm schwere Panzerbüchse 41...translation -|
28cm heavy anti-tank rifle) referred to as a "squeeze-bore" weapon. The bore tapered and provided
more power and velocity to the projectile.
|The 17-Pounder British anti-tank gun. This could take on almost any of the Axis|
tanks near the end of WWII. The main armament of the Sherman "Firefly"
|A German 8.8cm rocket-projector called the Püppchen ("Dolly" as in toy)|
Beth wanted to get an idea of the bore so I put my hand against it.
|A bronze 18-pounder|
|A carronade on a garrison carriage|
|Looking into the display area from the outside.|
You can see the Zimmerit anti-magnetic mine paste on the Panther.
|Some "nose art" from Canadian aircraft.|
|Meanwhile, back at the Museum of Nature, I engage the staff in a deep conversation.|