The Dieppe Raid

CPAC Special

The Dieppe Raid

2017 marks the 75th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. Nearly five thousand Canadian soldiers took part in the unsuccessful attack on the German-occupied town of Dieppe, France, on the morning of August 19, 1942. More than 900 Canadians died. Thousands were wounded or captured. It was the single worst day of the Second World War for Canadian casualties.

In 2000, CPAC examined the lessons learned from the ill-fated raid. We spoke with Canadian military historian Brereton Greenhous and with retired brigadier-general Denis Whitaker, who participated in the raid as a captain with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry.