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KevinV20 Aug 2017 9:01 a.m. PST

Missed by a day, yesterday was the 75th Anniversary of the raid on Dieppe during WWII. Four actual veterans were in attendance for the commemoration ceremony.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP20 Aug 2017 9:20 a.m. PST

Salutes to them indeed!

14Bore20 Aug 2017 2:57 p.m. PST

I still think this would make a good movie

Khusrau20 Aug 2017 3:18 p.m. PST

Very courageous operation. It must have been an appalling disappointment to feel you were a guinea pig at the expense of so many friends and colleagues.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP20 Aug 2017 4:24 p.m. PST

Salutes to all indeed

boy wundyr x20 Aug 2017 10:19 p.m. PST

CBC did a TV movie about 22 years ago, was mostly filmed around Prince Edward County in Ontario, which has a WWII BCATP airbase still standing and some suitable beaches.

boy wundyr x21 Aug 2017 9:08 a.m. PST

Ok, movie was 24 years ago:

Apparently the DVD version has an older documentary with participants.

I've just started reading "One Day in August", which argues the raid was cover for an attempt to steal a new Enigma machine and codebook. Seems ok so far.

Jakar Nilson21 Aug 2017 1:50 p.m. PST

It would be great to be able to watch the CBC miniseries again…

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2017 3:39 p.m. PST

In 1984 I had the privelge and honour to organize a battlefield tour to Dieppe. We had the additonal honour to have Brigadier Peter Young with us as a guide of honour.

He was a Brtish Commando major during Dieppe. His unit No. 3 Commando's mission was to neutralize one of the heavy German guns on the cliffs at Berneval east of Dieppe.

A truly larger than life character (and a wargamer) and a gentleman.

It was an honour to retrace that ill fated operation and to remember those gallant Canadians, Brits and Americans.

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