An enlarged image of the artist’s signature appears on the screen.
Cassidy eh? Sounded like a stand up name. And familiar too. She said it should be, that I’d been working right beside him last week.
Joe has a flashback to the exhibit case with Major Cassidy’s mess uniform on display.
Then it hit me, this guy was George Cassidy – A major in the Algonquin Regiment. Started out as a schoolteacher - and artist. It’d been staring me right in the face.
Lottie changes the screen and they see an enlarged series of images related to the Invasion at Normandy.
So Cassidy painted the windmill, but what did that have to do with the knife? Lockheart laid it out for me, saying the Algonquins pushed into Juno Beach at the end of July of ’44. I said, What? They missed all the big D-Day action? I thought everyone was there.
She threw me that look, said the Algonquins were miles away on D-day – still training in England – D-day was just the beginning, there was still Caen and beyond, so when they hit Juno beach, there was still plenty to do.
Lottie pulls some maps out of a storage box and spreads them out on top of the display case to view.
But there’s no windmills on Juno beach. She suggested tracking the Algonquins after they landed, saying that might show us the connection. So we grabbed a mittful of maps, trying to figure which one could help us out.