Those who went to French Morocco, with three thousand more, then sailed northwards to London and later to Northern Ireland, others went south to Madeira and others westwards to Jamaica.
Gibraltar played a crucial role in Operation Torch, the plan to push the enemy out of North Africa, with General Dwight Eisenhower himself housed in headquarters in tunnels inside the Rock.
The exhibition is divided into six photomontage sections. The first covers the Gathering Storm, the second looks at the Home Front and Defences, the Underground City and Hospital, the Gibraltar Defence Force, Gibraltar under Enemy Attack and the final section covers Victory in Europe.
A series of exhibition lectures will be delivered by a panel of guest speakers every Tuesday and Thursday in October at 6.00pm at the John Mackintosh Hall. In addition to this, a series of documentaries will be on show covering different aspects of Gibraltar during the Second World War, starting at 10.30am and ending at 6.00pm.
The Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia said:
“Once again I must praise Anthony Pitaluga and his team for a wonderful historical display of photographs, newspapers and other World War Two memorabilia. I must thank Anthony, the staff at the Archives, my office staff and all the volunteers who have contributed in every way. Sadly, the COVID-19 pandemic has meant that it is not possible to open the exhibition in the usual way. It will be recalled that part of this exhibition was made available virtually, in so far as it was possible, in May to coincide with VE Day itself. The Government indicated at the time that it would be postponed until October. The people of Gibraltar, throughout their history, have a long and proud tradition of standing up for the values that we hold dear. This exhibition is therefore a tribute to all those who lost their lives in this global conflict and to those generations of Gibraltarians who were called upon to make sacrifices in the name of freedom.”
The exhibition will be open to the general public all month as from tomorrow Friday at the John Mackintosh Hall and admission is free. There are three separate exhibition rooms and measures will be in place to control the number of persons in each room at any one time. The public are reminded to wear face-masks when inside the exhibition rooms and to respect social distancing.