D-Day, June 6, 1944
Today is the Anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy. We now know it was the beginning of the end of the Second World War. Canada had a significant role to play being responsible of the landing at the beach at Bernières- sur-Mer, called Juno Beach by the Allied forces.
I have seen many pictures of the Juno Beach. One house on the beach always seems to be heroically standing battered but proud in the background, symbolic of French resistance until this day of liberation, perhaps.
You can see this house a while after the landing, with German prisoners of war assembled in front. They probably were evacuated to Britain and some may have eventually come to Canada. In Northern Ontario, there were several Prisoner of War Camps, in which German prisoners sat out the rest of the war. After the war with Europe in disarray many came back to Canada as they remembered being treated quite well as prisoners. I often wondered what they thought at the train passed through Swastika, Ontario on their way to a couple of different camps north of there.