IS NOT FREE
Stuart Johnson, a staunch
CATP Museum volunteer and supporter, was born in Beulah and now resides
in Winnipeg. Stuart has taken his camera to a multitude of European battle
sites and cemeteries to produce a remarkable one-hour slide show entitled
“Freedom is not Free.” His presentation drives home the horrors of war
by featuring scenes of military cemeteries, concentration camps and other
historical sites related to WWI and WWII. Stuart's array of photographs
and well-researched, touching commentary combine to produce a fitting tribute
to those Canadians who gave us the freedom we enjoy today.
We are privileged to
share with you here, a sampling of some of the photos from his presentation.
The complete text of Stuart's Memorial Slide Presentation is displayed
at our accompanying script
Vimy France ~ the Canadian Memorial
to the 60 thousand Canadians who lost their lives
in the Great World War,
the War to end all wars, World War 1.
Vimy ~ The grass in the area is kept trimmed
by the sheep.
The ground still contains explosives from WWI
as well as the
remains of hundreds of soldiers who fought, died,
and drowned in the mud.
They still lose about one sheep a month due to
explosives being set off by the weight of the
Beaumont Memorial - France: to the Newfoundland
Over 800 men went into battle -
the following morning only about 78 answered
The Caribou points directly to St. Johns, Newfoundland.
The Cemetery at Wimereau, France.
John McCrea’s grave is to the immediate left
of the Cross of Sacrifice.
The stones lie flat because the soil shifts and
they cannot be maintained vertically.
One cemetery near Verdun, France. It illustrates
the futility of war.
These stones represent a portion of the 120 thousand
graves in this cemetery.
WORLD WAR II
September 1, 1939: WWII began and soon after
Germany walked over Poland, and then into Belgium,
Holland and France.
The free world held its breath while the Battle
was fought and won by men flying the Hurricane
on the right and the
Spitfire(wearing D-Day stripes).
Over 100 young Canadian pilots flew in the Battle
of Britain and
drove the German Luftwaffe from the skies of
Later came the Dieppe Raid - August 19, 1942.
The little Town of Puys shown here is where
The Royal Regiment of Toronto was almost obliterated.
The house above shows up in pictures of the raid
and still remains.
Note the large bunker to the immediate right,
the machine gun half way up the stairs and the
one in front of the house.
Air photo of Dieppe at the time of the raid.
Debris still washes in from the sea in the tide.
The harbour and town have changed little since
...but are much friendlier now!
At the time of the raid all the hotels and houses
full of machine gun positions and only a broad
stretch of beach was
left to cross under murderous gunfire.
The remnants of a machine gun position remains
brow of the green cliff near the centre of the
Prisoners taken at Dieppe.
Nearly every town in Canada was touched by this
The Canadian with his hat tipped back is a relation
of Stuart Johnson.
Taken above Arroanche France.
The artificial harbour towed across from England
leaves its parts to indicate its position so
long ago. (Gold Beach –Brt.)
The Guns at Longues France. Gold Beach.
They still remain but are bowed to the liberating
Three aircraft flown by Canadians as they carried
the war deep into the heart of Germany.
our Battle of Britain Memorial Flight site for many photos)
The B-17 Flying Fortress
(This one appeared in the movie, MEMPHIS BELLE.)
William G. Hillman
& SUE-ON HILLMAN ECLECTIC STUDIO
Original Slides by Stuart Johnson
~ Copyrighted 1999/2004
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