The Military Museums

The Battle of Moreuil Wood

The Founders' Gallery

February 8, 2018 – May 27, 2018

The Battle of Moreuil Wood: 100 Years of Heroism

Opening February 7, in commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Moreuil Wood, is "The Battle of Moreuil Wood: 100 Years of Heroism" curated by the Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Regimental Museum. The Regiment was part of the Canadian Cavalry Brigade which, on March 30, 1918, defeated a German force at least twice its size. The battle in France resulted in heavy losses of soldiers and horses, with 53 of the Regiment killed, and a Victoria Cross being awarded to Lt. G.M. Flowerdew.

"We are excited to be able to showcase artifacts and stories from this heroic but not well known event in Canadian history. This is a battle which showcased the heroism, dash and skill of Canadian soldiers in the Great War, and we hope this exhibit will help bring their story to light for anyone who has yet to hear it." – Capt. Phil Webster, Curator, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Museum

Witness: Canadian Art of the First World War

The Founders' Gallery

February 8, 2018 – May 27, 2018

Witness: Canadian Art of the First World War

Witness is a traveling exhibition developed by the Canadian War Museum. This exhibition contains 53 works by 40 of Canada’s best-known artists including AY Jackson, Arthur Lismer, Henrietta Mabel May, Paul Nash, Dorothy Stevens and Frederick Varley. What makes this exhibition truly unique, however, is that it also includes powerful and poignant works by ordinary Canadian soldiers. These works add to the totality of the powerful war record that we will present at the Founders’ Gallery.

One hundred years ago, artists and soldiers of the First World War used art to convey to Canadians what they had witnessed. In grappling with how to depict the unfamiliar sights -- tanks and gas attacks, dead and wounded fellow soldiers and friends, total destruction of the world around them -- some artists fit these new experiences within a familiar artistic framework. Others recognized and embraced the novelty of the experience finding new ways to depict the war. Today, these same works continue to help us understand and appreciate Canada’s role in this unprecedented global conflict.

Tour of Duty

The Founders' Gallery

September 27, 2018 – January 6, 2019

Canadians in the Vietnam War

This personality based exhibit will relate a range of soldiers’ perspectives on the Vietnam War. Artifacts and oral histories from Canadians who were there will be presented. The central narrative will cover the estimated 40,000 Canadian citizens who enlisted in the U.S. military and fought overseas in the war. Other stories will be presented, including U.S. and South Vietnamese veterans who later moved to Canada.

Importantly, Canada’s official connection with the war will also be presented – the story of the International Commission of Control and Supervision. This little-known peacekeeping mission was responsible for overseeing the American withdrawal, and enabling the repatriation of hundreds of American POWs. The veterans associated with the Vietnam War have received very little recognition in Canada, and we hope to help correct this oversight.

In association with the exhibit, we are negotiating the display of The Moving Wall – a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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