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Thursday, February 27 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
June 7, 1944 - The Start Of Canada's Longest Month in World War 2

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The history of D-Day, June the 6th 1944, has been well documented in film and literature and after years of neglect Canada's contribution on that important day is beginning to get the recognition it justly deserves. However, perhaps more significant than the actual landings on Juno Beach were the battles the Canadians fought over the 3 days following their initial successes. Those tough battles with fanatic teenagers, led by Eastern Front veterans, would witness courage, perseverance and also tremendous war crimes against Canadian prisoners. These battles were essential to holding the allied beaches, but they came at a high cost. Ultimately, Canada would prevail and would later hold Germany's leadership to account for their war crimes during those early days in Normandy, while recognizing the need to reintegrate the teenage participants in these activities back into society.

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Thomas Bradley

Born in Iserlohn Germany, Thomas Bradley grew up in a household that alternated living between Canada and Germany over the next 18 years. Privileged to personally meet many veterans of World Wars 1 and 2 during that time, he joined the Canadian Forces in 1986. Graduating from Royal... Read More →