As It Happens

Historian David O'Keefe on the Canadian tragedy at Dieppe

It was one of the worst disasters in Canadian military history: the August, 1942 raid on Dieppe, France. Of the five thousand Canadian soldiers who crossed the English channel in the attack, most were either killed or taken prisoner. Many of the six hundred who returned or were rescued -- in some cases by civilians who rowed across the water...
Listen29:18
It was one of the worst disasters in Canadian military history: the August, 1942 raid on Dieppe, France. Of the five thousand Canadian soldiers who crossed the English channel in the attack, most were either killed or taken prisoner. Many of the six hundred who returned or were rescued -- in some cases by civilians who rowed across the water when hearing of the tragedy -- were seriously wounded.

In the last seventy years, nobody has been able to sufficiently explain why the heavily defended town was chosen as a landing point.

Now, in a new book, historian David O'Keefe believes he has the answer. The author of One Day in August: The Untold Story Behind Canada's Tragedy at Dieppe joined Carol in our studio.


Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.