Landing in Sicily: 10 July 1943
On 10 July 1943, The Royal Canadian Regiment landed at Pachino in the opening waves of the Allied invasion of Sicily, Operation HUSKY. The regiment was part of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division under the British Army. They fought in several battles as the division advanced north and then east towards Messina.
The museum recently acquired an artefact related to the Allied Invasion of Sicily, with special meaning. It is a 9mm Beretta pistol, captured from an Italian Captain during the liberation of the village of Modica (Sicily) on the 12th of July 1943 by Captain (Ret'd) Sheridan Atkinson, member of The Royal Canadian Regiment and one of the museum's dearest friends. The firearm is now on display in our Second World War gallery.
Recent Acquisitions: 15 January to 10 December 2016
A selection of artefacts donated or purchased during 2015 is now on show, in the mini-theatre on the second floor of the Gallery. Medal sets, badges, archives, original art, weapons and equipment have been added to the museum collection over the past year. Among these, visitors can view the unique MGen Loomis medal set including the Order of Military Merit, Military Cross(Elizabeth II type), rare badges of the Oxford Rifles Regiment (1900s), the 7th Fusiliers Regiment (1860s) and the Infantry School Corps (1883), post cards from London, ON sent to soldiers fighting overseas during the First World War, a pair of Liberation Clogs gifted to a member of The RCR while on duty in Holland at the end of the Second World War and many other items. Admission is free and everyone is welcomed to view our new exhibition.
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