Dieppe will be debated for generations to come, but the bravery and resolve shown by the young Canadians that landed on those beaches under impossible circumstances will be forever remembered. It is amazing how many French citizens have come up to us as a group and as individuals to let us know how much they appreciate what the Canadians did to liberate France.

We had a Remembrance Ceremony at the Dieppe Cemetery this evening. The amount of unnamed grave markers is staggering. With such a high casualty rate on the beaches, many of the bodies could not be identified.

The Dieppe Raid, also known as Operation Jubilee, was a WWII Allied attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe. The raid took place on the northern coast of France on 19 August 1942. The Allied commanders were forced to call a retreat of the 6,000 infantrymen, predominantly Canadian.

A total of 3,623 of the 6,086 men (almost 60%) who made it ashore were either killed, wounded, or captured.

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Photo above: Infantrymen of The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada going ashore during Operation Jubilee, 19 August 1942.

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Photo above: Canadian Prisoners of War in Dieppe.

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Photos above and below: Dieppe Canadian War Cemetary where 944 Allied soldiers are interred. The cross below marks the grave of an unknown soldier.

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– Shaun

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