Anniversary of D-Day at Citadel Hill 2012

On the 9th and 10th of June, 2012, The Atlantic Canadian WWII Living History Association put on a static display to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy for the invasion into German occupied Europe.
As usual, we had members dressed up as German army, as well as Russian red army, Canadian, and American.
Although the weather was not very cooperative with us, it sure did set the mood for the event as the D-Day landings were done in pretty lousy weather and was overcast. It was the same for our event.

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Above is a picture of myself dressed up as a German soldier. The unit I’m portraying is GrosseDeutschland and am wearing a marksman lanyard with marksman medal, and carrying a Mauser K98.
It was my first time portraying German, I usually portray the West Nova Scotia Regiment which is a Canadian unit that took part in the Italian campaign.

I must admit that it felt different wearing a German uniform, but it did feel a lot more comfortable and not as irritating as the Canadian full wool battledress.

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Above is the members that was portraying the German army for the D-Day event.

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Above is a group shot of everyone who came out to attend the D-Day event.

Our display was visited by a lot of tourists who went to the Citadel to take the guided tours, and after the tour they would stop to visit our display and take in our display of kit the various soldiers carried on them.

It was great being able to meet people and tell them why we’re doing this and who the various members are portraying.
I found that while I was wandering through the Citadel courtyard, I was stopped by a lot of people asking why a German soldier was at the Citadel.

All in all, the event was a lot of fun, with good laughs and good times.

I am looking forward to the event in October in which we commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Scheldt.

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To sign off, I shall leave you with an action shot I was in, in which I am being chased by two 101st Airborne guys.
I could not do this with a straight face.

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68th Anniversary of D-Day

It’s hard to believe that 68 years ago today, so many men took part in one of the greatest moments in military history.
The Allied forces commenced Operation Overlord, which was also known as “D-Day”.
Before the invasion into Nazi-Occupied Europe commenced, airborne soldiers landed behind enemy lines to knock out targets to help make the lives somewhat easier for the men readying to storm the beaches of Normandy.

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So many men made the ultimate sacrifice on the beaches of Normandy, and I shall never forget that it’s because of the brave men of the Canadian army who died for King and Country that I am able to live the way I do, and have the rights and freedoms I enjoy.
I shall never forget, I will always remember.

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Tomb of Major General Robert Ross

The Old Burying Ground in Halifax, Nova Scotia is home to the tomb of Major General Robert Ross, who is well known for being for the burning of Washington, including the White House during the War of 1812.
A few days after, Robert Ross was killed, and eventually was buried in the city of Halifax.
There are many other notable graves and tombs in this cemetery.
Below is a picture of the tomb of Robert Ross.

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Photo with Sherman tank

During a previous meeting for the Atlantic Canadian WWII Living History Association, our group was able to take a few pictures with a Sherman tank that is being temporarily stored in Shearwater while the area it’s normally housed at gets worked on.

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It was amazing to get to visit this piece of history.
Sadly though, these Sherman was not in the greatest shape and could definately use a lot of work.

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The Atlantic Canadian World War 2 Living History Association

I am sorry for the delayed post. Real life has been quite busy, but now is more relaxing and I would like to make my first post onto my Blog, and let you guys know about a living history group that I am a member of.

We are called “The Atlantic Canadian World War 2 Living History Association”, and you can read up about us at http://tacww2lha.weebly.com/

We are a group of men and women, who have an interest in preserving the history and memory of the people who lived through the epic struggle that was the Second World War. To accomplish this, our members authenticly portay soldiers, sailors, and air force personell, as well as civilians of the time.

We travel around throughout the Maritimes to put on displays, and special ceremonies such as Rememberance Day, the anniversary of D-Day, and to commemorate the Battle of the Scheldt.

Our association is a registered society under the Nova Scotia Societies Act, registration number 3252624.

 

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Greetings!

I would like to take this moment to welcome to my blog.

Throughout this blog I will be discussing mostly, items and topics of WWII interest, but I will also be posting about other topics of interest to myself.

Before I go any further, let me introduce myself;

I am a 27 year old from Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada, and I am a member of  the Atlantic Canadian WWII Living History Association. We are a group of men and women who have a desire to keep the military history of the men and women of Canada during WWII alive.  As the veterans of the Second World War get older and pass on, we are left without the stories and history of what our countrymen did.

I come from a military family. Both my grandfather’s were WWII veterans, and both my father and my brother are current serving Canadian Navy, so I have a HUGE respect for the military.

I look forward to posting here as often as I can, and I hope you all enjoy my posts. Please, feel free to drop me comments or suggestions as to what I should discuss. If there is anything WWII related that is of interest to you, or something happening in Current Events, I will discuss that too.

 

Thanks! Happy Reading!!!

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