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Dieppe: Did the Germans see it coming?

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?

Author E.H. Cookridge says an intelligence leak led to defeat at Dieppe.
Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: Nov. 14, 1966
Guest: E.H. Cookridge
Duration: 1:47

Last updated: July 23, 2013

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