Most people know that June 6, 1944 – now known as D-Day- was a landmark day in the Second World War, but many may not realize what a great role Canadians played in the invasion.
In addition to the 14,000 Canadians who either landed or were parachuted onto the beaches of Normandy, a further 10,000 sailors and 15 R.C.A.F. fighter and fighter-bomber squadrons helped attack this key enemy stronghold. On D-Day, Canadians suffered 1074 casualties, including 359 killed.
Click the arrows on the image below to scroll through this incredible collection of Canadians before and during the D-Day attacks:
Image Library via Library Archives Canada
Main image of Beny-Sur-Mery Cemetery where 2,044 Canadian soldiers are buried