Remembering Dieppe

Evacuation of the wounded at the Raid of Dieppe, August 19, 1942. Photo: Library and Archives Canada.
Evacuation of the wounded at the Raid of Dieppe, August 19, 1942. Photo: Library and Archives Canada.

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On August 19, 1942, over 6 100 Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Dieppe, France with the goal of capturing the port town from the Germans. The attack was a failure: of the nearly 5 000 Canadian soldiers who participated, only 2 210 returned to England. On the 75th anniversary of the Raid of Dieppe, we remember their sacrifice.

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  • The Canadian Armed Forces contingent marches through the streets of Puys, France at the conclusion of a commemorative ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid on August 19. Photo: Cpl Manuela Berger.
  • Tahnee Parisian, a member of Buffalo Red Thunder, performs a ceremonial dance at the Indigenous Sunrise Ceremony in honour of the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid in Dieppe, France on August 18. Photo: Cpl Andrew Wesley.
  • On August 19, Corporal Alexandre Dingman (left) and Master Corporal Hugo Belisles, members of the vigil party, stand their post at the Royal Regiment of Canada Monument in Puys, France, as part of the commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. Photo: Cpl Manuela Berger.
  • Sergeant Moogly Tetrault-Hamel carries the Canadian Armed Forces Eagle Staff at the Indigenous Sunrise Ceremony in honour of the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid in Dieppe, France on August 18, 2017. Photo: Cpl Andrew Wesley.
  • The veterans’ contingent marches past thousands of spectators following the Signature Ceremony, part of the commemorations marking the 75th anniversary in Dieppe, France on August 19, 2017. Photo: Cpl Manuela Berger.
  • Poppies are laid at the Canadian War Cemetery in Dieppe, France on August 14, 2017, where the Canadian Armed Forces is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. Photo: Corporal Andrew Kelly, Canadian Forces Combat Camera.
  • Graves of fallen Canadians stand in the Canadian War Cemetery in Dieppe, France on August 14, 2017. The Canadian Armed Forces is in Dieppe to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. Photo: Corporal Andrew Kelly, Canadian Forces Combat Camera.
  • Members of the Canadian Armed Forces contingent, whose regiments fought in the Dieppe Raid, practice drill for the upcoming commemoration of the 75th anniversary in Dieppe France on August 16, 2017. Photo: Corporal Andrew Kelly, Canadian Forces Combat Camera.
  • Sergeant Tyler Quennell, whose regiment fought in the Dieppe Raid, and the Canadian Armed Forces contingent practice drill for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary in Dieppe France on August 16, 2017. Photo: Corporal Andrew Kelly, Canadian Forces Combat Camera.
  • The beach at Pourville, France on August 15, 2017, where the Canadian Armed Forces is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. Photo: Corporal Andrew Kelly, Canadian Forces Combat Camera.
  • Soldiers who took part in Operation JUBILEE, the Raid of Dieppe, returning to England. Photo: Library and Archives Canada.
  • Douglas BOSTON aircraft of the Royal Air Force taking part in Operation JUBILEE, the Dieppe Raid. Photo: Library and Archives Canada.
  • Landing craft taking part in Operation JUBILEE, the Raid of Dieppe. Photo: Library and Archives Canada.
  • Disembarkation of wounded troops during the Raid of Dieppe. Photo: Library and Archives Canada.
  • An unidentified Canadian soldier escorting a German prisoner who was captured during the Dieppe Raid. Photo: Library and Archives Canada.
  • A scout car abandoned during the Raid of Dieppe. Photo: Library and Archives Canada.
  • Landing craft en route to Dieppe, France, during Operation JUBILEE, 19 August 1942. Photo: Library and Archives Canada.
  • Captured Canadian troops in Dieppe. Photo: Library and Archives Canada.
  • Damaged Churchill tanks of the Calgary Regiment on the main beach at Dieppe. Photo: Library and Archives Canada.
  • Personnel landing craft draw away from a motor torpedo boat to start their run-in to the beaches during the Raid of Dieppe. Photo: Library and Archives Canada.
  • Infantrymen of The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada going ashore during Operation JUBILEE, the Raid of Dieppe. Photo: Library and Archives Canada.
  • Evacuation of the wounded at the Raid of Dieppe, August 19, 1942. Photo: Library and Archives Canada.
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