world war II

“An attack on one of the caves connected to a three-tier blockhouse destroys the structure on the edge of Turkey Nob, giving a clear view of the beachhead toward the southwest on Iwo Jima, as U.S. Marines storm the island on April 2, 1945.”

(AP)

Canadian Pacific Travel Poster (c. 1933). Poster (25” X 40”) “To Canada & U.S.A.”

Kenneth Denton Shoesmith (1890-1939) was a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolors and the British Society of Poster Designers. He exhibited widely, and much of his work was for the Canadian Pacific Railway.

His designs promoted the romance and excitement of maritime travel in the 1920s-1930s, including this poster, which features the largest and most well appointed Canadian Pacific liner, the Empress of Britain.

The ship was commissioned in 1931, a predecessor of Cunard’s Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth.  In her time, she was the largest, fastest, and most luxurious ship between England and Canada.

She was torpedoed on 28 October 1940 by U-32 and sank. At 42,348 gross tons, she was the largest liner lost during the Second World War and the largest ship sunk by a U-boat.

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