Dieppe Raid August 19th 1942

The Dieppe Raid described as a “reconnaisance in force” to test Hitler’s West Wall Defences remains controversial to this day.

The raid lasted 9 hours. 5000 Canadian soldiers were involved along with British Commando’s and American Rangers. 900 Canadians were killed and 1874 taken prisoner.

Two Canadians, the Honorable Captain J.W. Foote of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry and Lieutenant-Colonel C.C. Merritt, commanding officer of the South Saskatchewan Regiment, received the VICTORIA CROSS.

More on the anniversary here.