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Remembering Dieppe at 80

The colossal foul-up that was Operation Jubilee or the Dieppe Raid, using a brigade-sized mix of mostly Canadian troops augmented by a few U.S. Army Rangers and Allied Commandos to capture and hold a French Channel port in a dress rehearsal for taking Europe back, was 80 years ago today. It turned out to be the Canadian Army’s costliest day of WWII with 907 men killed, another 2,500 wounded, and 1,976 captured.

Two Canadians received the Victoria Cross for their bravery.

German officer and soldiers examining a Churchill tank stuck on the beach in front of the boardwalk after the battle, its left track broken. Wounded men lying on the ground are about to be evacuated. Dieppe, August 19th, 1942. Department of National Defence / National Archives of Canada C-017293.

The poor showing led to putting off the liberation of France for two years as the Allies concentrated on opening the second front in the Axis’s “soft underbelly” in the Med. 

This year’s commemoration includes a few of the remaining Veterans, contingents from the Canadian Army, and HMCS Kingston.

Dieppe Raid Remebered

Got this from Mike Colton, the secretary of the ASFA at Hereford and am passing it on.

Dear Sir,

On the 18/19th August 1942 Canadian Forces and those of the United kingdom, France and America launched an audacious raid across the English Channel into occupied France.

The raid on Dieppe was a failure, but the sacrifice of Allied lives and the trauma of those wounded and captured should not be forgotten. Lessons learnt helped pave the way for a successful D-Day landing on the 6th June 1944.

On the 19th August 2012 at noon we will be dedicating the Dieppe Raid Memorial (as seen in the attached pdf) in the Allied Special Forces Grove, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire.

This information might be of interest to veterans and their families and all Canadians in the UK.

Further information about the Grove can be obtained from our website below and the NMA via http://www.thenma.org.uk

Please call me if you might need any clarification on 07929-118598.

The memorial was entirely funded by our association over the past 5 years, however donations are well appreciated.

Regards,

Mike Colton
Secretary
Allied Special Forces Association
P.O. Box 32, Hereford HR1 9DF

mikecolton@hotmail.com
Memorialgrove.org.uk

The Dieppe Raid, also known as the Battle of Dieppe, Operation Rutter and, later, Operation Jubilee, was a Second World War Allied attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe. The raid took place on the northern coast of France on 19 August 1942. The assault began at 5:00 a.m. and by 10:50 a.m. the Allied commanders were forced to call a retreat. Over 6,000 infantrymen, predominantly Canadian but with a few US Army Rangers and British Commando, supported by limited Royal Navy and large Royal Air Force contingents to part. In a heroic battle more than 3,667 were left dead, wounded or captured.