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By N. M. Christie

ISBN-10: 189697936X

ISBN-13: 9781896979366

Within the early morning of Wednesday, August nineteenth, 1942, a 2 hundred vessel convoy containing 5,000 Canadian troops approached the French port of Dieppe. within the following couple of hours the Canadian strength will be destroyed. The our bodies of greater than 900 Canadian males will be scattered alongside the water entrance and their vessels and gear left burning and smouldering at the blood-stained seashores. The Dieppe Raid is likely one of the such a lot sour and arguable episodes in Canadian historical past. That it truly is Canadas worst army catastrophe is past doubt. yet what makes the sacrifice extra painful is the lingering query - was once it worthy it? have been the «lessons» discovered from the failure of the Dieppe Raid serious to the Allied victories later within the warfare or have been the real «lessons» strictly a cover-up by way of the Generals of a poorly deliberate and poorly performed operation?

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_Fiel{i-Marshall B. Montgomery, Comrnan(iing all British and Canadian Forces in Europe, 1_944-45. f their lives "... " Adolf Hitler, on the anticipated Allied Landing in France, 1944 After all is said and done and the bickering between the sides is discounted we are left with the tragedy and sacrifice on the beaches of Dieppe, Pourville and Puys. If we think the lessons learned through the deaths of more than 900 Canadians were not worth the cost, did these men die in vain? In the context of the Second World War, the loss of 900 men in a War that claimed tens of millions of lives, seems almost insignificant.

Of the 316 Royal Canadian Engineers who accompanied the Dieppe attack only a handful made it back to England. The Allied flotilla carrying the survivors returned to England without mishap. It had started out carrying 4,963 Canadians and returned with only 2,210, of whom 1,000 had not even landed. Of the men who did land 1,874 were taken prisoner and 907 were killed. Seventy percent of the Canadians who landed never returned from the Raid! This is only a statistic. Before long homes all across Canada, but particularly in Montreal, Toronto, Hamilton and Windsor, would receive the dreaded telegrams, telling them that their son or husband or father was dead.

Amongst· the three thousand Canadian soldiers were close to 600 wounded and 900 corpses. The remains of 27 tanks, smoking landing craft and dozens of other vehicles lay scattered and quiet. For the Germans it had been an enormous and easy victory. At a cost of less than 600 casualties and several thousand shells they had smashed an armada and an attacking force of 5,000 men. They could not be more pleased with their performance. The Germans surveyed the beach and confidently predicted that the Allies were no match for their defences.

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