Remembering Them:The Dieppe Raid

Ottawa, ON - August 15, 2017

As I prepare to travel to France to commemorate the brave Canadian soldiers of the Dieppe Raid, I am once again moved by their dedication and the impact of their sacrifice on all of us from that day forward.

On August 19, 1942, on a 16 kilometre stretch of heavily defended coastline in Northern France, Canada took its rightful place among its allies. On that day, it demonstrated that although it was a young country, it was up to the task to help break Adolf Hitler’s “Fortress Europe” and open up a second front in Western European to take pressure off the Russian Front.

The raiding force of the large-scale amphibious landings of the Dieppe Raid, code named “Operation Jubilee”, was made up of almost 5,000 Canadians, 1,000 British commandos and 50 American Army Rangers. It claimed the lives of 907 Canadians, wounded thousands more, and 1,950 were taken prisoner.  While the human cost was high and the Dieppe Raid did not meet most of its objectives because of fierce enemy fire; the sacrifice of our soldiers was not in vain as it taught us valuable lessons that saved many lives on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944 when the Allies returned on D-Day to liberate Europe.

On this 75th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, let us remember and honour all those who contributed to making Canada a valuable member of the Allied Force on that fateful day in 1942. Their commitment to restore freedom and peace must never be forgotten.

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