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Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Exploring Photos with the NOTL Museum: The old rifle range

This Second World War photograph shows soldiers training at Niagara Camp’s rifle range. The grounds were located along Lakeshore Road, just west of Shakespeare Avenue. Today the land is still fenced off with federal government signage marking the entrance. The training involved at this site included general target practice but also training the soldiers to continue firing while wearing gas masks and being exposed to gas. The flag to the left signals “Stay-Away” so that anyone nearby, whether on land or in the lake, would keep their distance. This land was also used to practise rocket launchers, mock battles between the soldiers and other training tactics meant to prepare them for the new weaponry they would face in Europe.

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