The North Nova Scotia Highlanders Signal Platoon prior to going overseas, July 1941. The 25 men are wearing respirators and steel helmets. These men landed together in Normandy on D-Day.
Donald MacKenzie's Disembarkation Tag from LCT 1727. One tag was issued to every man sailing for Normandy on D-Day, 6 June 1944.
5 Francs and 10 Francs paper money issued to Allied soldiers landing in Normandy on 6 June 1944 only after ships had left England's shores. On the back of the money, Don wrote the names of the boys who took the journey with him.
Diagram of 4 CDN Base Nijmegen, a Canadian camp for homecoming Canadians at the end of the war in Europe. The front cover displayed a personal message from Commander 1st CDN Army General H.D.G Crerar.
Group of men from Oxford, NS at Debert, NS on July 19, 1941. Known as "The boys from the woollen town," Don and friends were departing that day for Halifax to board the S.S. Orion on their way to England. Photo courtesy of Don MacKenzie.
"Well, we just got out of Halifax harbour when we found that there were U-boats waiting there, so we had little run-ins with those."