Dieppe veterans honoured
It has been called the most controversial battle Canadians have ever fought. On Aug. 19, 1942, after nearly three years of waiting in England for a chance to fight, Canadian troops were sent to raid the French coast at Dieppe. But the Germans were ready for them, and the attack became a massacre. Of nearly 5,000 Canadians sent to Dieppe, only 2,000 returned. More than 60 years later, the operation remains divisive: was Dieppe an essential trial run for D-Day, or a shocking waste of lives?
• The silver bar features the word DIEPPE in raised letters on a pebbled background. Above it is an anchor surmounted by an eagle and a Thompson submachine-gun. The bar was designed in consultation with the Dieppe Veterans and Prisoners of War Association.
• For decades, veterans of Dieppe also lobbied the federal government for special compensation for being taken prisoner. Many survivors of the PoW camps endured lifelong ailments as a result of their imprisonment. In 1984, their appeal was heard in the House of Commons. But Veterans Affairs Minister Bennet Campbell turned them down, telling them to apply for medical benefits already available to all veterans.
Program: Prime Time News
Broadcast Date: Aug. 19, 1994
Guests: Ron Beal, Douglas Shepard, Maurice Snook
Host: Jeffrey Kofman
Reporter: Paul Adams
Last updated: July 29, 2013
Page consulted on September 10, 2014
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