Canadian government delegation marking 75th anniversary of Dieppe raid
Veterans Affairs Minister, Kent Hehr, is leading a Canadian government delegation to France to mark the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe raid during the Second World War. The raid was launched on Aug. 19, 1942, and would prove to be the bloodiest single day for Canada's military in the entire war.
The Prime Minister released a statement Saturday and posted a video to Twitter thanking all veterans, and those who gave their lives at Dieppe.
Of the nearly 5,000 Canadian soldiers who took part in the ill-fated mission, more than half became casualties, and 916 would die on the rocky shore of Puys Beach on the northern coast of occupied France.
The beach landing was supposed to happen under the cover of darkness, but the Canadians, along with 1,000 British and 50 American soldiers, were late arriving on shore, and as the sun rose they were left exposed to withering fire from German troops on the cliffs above.
Justin Trudeau says the loss at Dieppe taught Allied forces valuable lessons, which he says "they used to help turn the tide of the war on D-Day'' less than two years later.
In Montreal, Mayor Denis Coderre, federal officials, Indigenous groups and the Canadian Armed Forces will gather for a ceremony at Dieppe Park. formerly known as Cité-du-Havre Park, along the St. Lawrence River between 2pm and 4:30pm.