Artwork

A silk embroidered handkerchief for the First Special Service Force.

A poster of the First Special Service Force, who had the moniker the “Black Devils.”

A humorous postcard that alludes to the mud that soldiers had to endure in Italy.

This sketch was done by a young boy in the Italian town of Atripalda. In exchange for it, Canadian serviceman Perry White wrote a letter to the boy’s father in the United States. Mr. White received a return letter from the boy's father, but was unable to get back to the town to give it to the boy. The father had saved money for years to move his family to the United States. They settled in Omaha, Neb., but the boy's mother fell ill and they decided to return to their homeland. The boy and his mother went ahead of the father, who had yet to sell his business. War broke out before his return home and the Americans refused to allow him to return to Italy.

Earl Green was an anti-aircraft gunner with the 2nd Canadian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, 1st Canadian Division. In this poem that Mr. Green sent to his fiancée, Jeannette Thompson, he shares his hope that peace will come soon and that the two will marry.

Canadian serviceman Earl Green writes that he rescued this postcard with watercolour flowers from a demolished building.

Gordon Holden served as a sergeant with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. This drawing compares life in England in November 1942 with life in Italy in November 1943.

A Christmas airgraph from 1943 exclusive to the Signals Corps.

Italian propaganda disseminated by the Partito Nazionale Fascista (National Fascist Party) obtained in Sicily by Canadian serviceman Ian Mair in 1943.

A watercolour portrait of Reverend Owen, a member of the Canadian Chaplain Service, painted on the streets of Rome in 1945.

This painted silk handkerchief from Rome belonged to Fred Taylor, who served in the Perth Regiment and was killed in Italy on December 20, 1944.

An original blank Christmas greeting airgraph. These large originals were substantially reduced before being sent home to families. This one shows a soldier in a jeep, his shadow depicted as the silhouette of a knight on horseback.

A commemorative plate given to Jessie Stewart when she retired from the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. Ms. Stewart was aboard an American ship that was torpedoed in the Mediterranean Sea while enroute to mainland Italy in 1943. Ninety-nine nurses were onboard and had to be rescued.

This plate recalls many of the places Jessie Stewart, who served with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, had worked during the war.

The detail in this section of the plate illustrates Jessie Stewart's rescue from the Mediterranean Sea after the American ship she was aboard had been torpedoed.

Evan Wake served in a tank regiment that landed in Sicily in July, 1943 and was involved in the battles for Ortona and Cassino. Mr. Wake drew this sketch in 1943 to reflect the Italian scenery near Campobasso while his tank convoy was delayed to check the road ahead for mines. He wrote the words "Save this. Evan" on the back and sent it to his wife.