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Dieppe: Tributes to bravery

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?

A tribute from Air Marshal Harold Edwards, Vincent Massey honours Canadian gallantry, and wounded soldiers speak.
Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio News Special
Broadcast Date: Aug. 22, 1942
Guests: Vincent Massey, Jack Peach, Sergeant Arthur Suchard, Gerry Wilmot, Bob Bowman, Frank Matthies
Announcer: H. Rooney Pelletier
Duration: 14:16
Photo Credit: Library and Archives Canada / PA-183766

Last updated: July 23, 2013

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