Case Studies - Interactive Digital Replicas
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8th Hussars Sherman 'Easy Eight' Tank
Beechwood National Cemetery
The 8th Canadian Hussars (Princess Louise’s) is the longest serving armoured regiment in the Canadian Army. It was formed on the 4 April 1848 in New Brunswick where it has served continually ever since. When wars came, hundreds of Hussars joined the active service army and served with distinction on battlefields in France and Flanders in World War I, and in Italy and Holland in World War II. They also served later in Europe under NATO in the Middle and Far East and in Cyprus as peace-keepers for the United Nations. Today, 8th Hussars are again militia soldiers, continuing to supply men and women to support the regular army in places such as Afghanistan where Canada has committed its forces.
The Beechwood tank has been listed by DND and an organization dedicated to tracking and preserving military tanks across Canada, M4A2(76)W HVSS Sherman “Easy 8″ tank (Serial No. 69257), built by Fisher, Reg. No. 30129736, “Hussar”, painted DND 78-749. 294 Sherman M4A3E8 tanks were purchased by the Canadian government in 1947 for Korean War service. They were equipped with the long barrelled 76mm High Velocity gun. E8 referred to the revised hull fitted with HVSS Horizontal volute spring suspension giving a much better ride and so was nicknamed the ‘Easy Eight”. Canadians fought these tanks with distinction in the Korean War.
Princess Mary Gift Box
The Military Museums, Calgary
A gift from Princess Mary
The Princess Mary Gift box is an embossed brass box that originally contained a variety of items such as tobacco and chocolate. It was intended as a Christmas present to those serving at Christmas in 1914 and was paid for by a public fund backed by Princess Mary.
It was Princess Mary’s express wish that ‘every sailor afloat and every soldier at the front’ should have the present. The gifts were devised in October 1914 and intended for distribution to all who were serving overseas or at sea, in time for Christmas 1914; afterwards, with the fund in surplus and many feeling they had been ‘left out’, distribution was extended more widely – to all who were serving, whether at home or abroad, and to prisoners of war and the next of kin of 1914 casualties.
Interactive Memorial Wall
Peacekeepers Park, Calgary
A Tribute to Canada’s Peacekeepers
Peacekeepers Park features a stunning Wall of Honour that commemorates Canadian peacekeeping missions and pays tribute to those who have lost their lives. The bronze statue on its western edge depicts Canadian peacekeeper Mark Isfeld giving an “Izzy” doll to a child. The “Izzy” doll is named after Mark Isfeld, whose mother crocheted small dolls for him to give to local children while on patrols during his tour. Isfeld’s name is on the wall of the park, as he was killed by a landmine in Croatia on June 21, 1994. The park also features a Mission Wall which lists all the United Nations missions that Canadians have been involved in.
Interactive Historical Vehicle
M4 Sherman Easy 8
Mewata Armory, Canada
This M4 Sherman Easy 8 first saw action in December of 1944 in the Second World War. The Easy 8 variant was more mobile and better armed then the previous versions of the M4 Sherman. It carried HVAP (High Velocity Armour Penetrating) rounds which were necessary to knock out heavily armoured German tanks such as the Panther and Tiger Tanks.
Central Memorial Park Cenotaph + ANZAC Airmen Memorial
Central Memorial Park Cenotaph is located in Calgary Alberta Canada. This Cenotaph was dedicated to the fallen of World War One on the 11th of November 1928. It since has been updated to include World War 2, and the Korean War. A monument to ANZAC Airmen who lost their lives during training in Canada is also on this site and can be viewed.