Saturday, August 4, 2007


Thursday it was a scorcher here in Ottawa. One of the hottest days of the year. I planned it as a rest day.

So to beat the heat, Chris and I strolled down to the new Canadian War Museum. Thursdays it's free to go between 4 - 9pm.

The museum is something to be taken in by all. I won't even try to put into words the emotions and thoughts that the displays invoked inside of me. I was blown away and astonished. Go see for yourself.

Came across this British Paratrooper's folding bicycle. Very cool.
I guess the idea was to jump out of a plane with your bike, land, unfold it and then ride into battle.

BSA - Birmingham Small Arms Company
Checkout the frame wingnut that would be tightened after the frame was unfolded and locked into place.

Photographic evidence shows that a few of these bicycles were carried by Commandos on raids.
On D-Day, June 6, 1944, each Commando unit appears to have had a bicycle platoon though the bicycles seem to have been discarded within a few days.
Ironically the greatest use of the BSA airborne bicycle in action was by British and Canadian infantry on the invasion Normandy, France (D-Day 1944 June 6) in the second wave. Some had been used on the invasion of Sicily in 1943 by Canadian infantry (Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment "Hasty Pees" re: Farley Mowat).

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