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Dieppe: First hand reports

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?

Canadian newsmen back from the beaches of Dieppe describe their ordeal ashore.
Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio News Special
Broadcast Date: Aug. 20, 1942
Guests: Fred Griffin, Drew Middleton, Ross Munro, Wallace Reyburn
Reporter: Robert Bowman
Duration: 28:03
Photo Credit: Capt. Frank Royal / Canada. Dept. of National Defence / Library and Archives Canada / PA-113245
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Last updated: July 23, 2013

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