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Raid on Dieppe - Canada and the Second World War, 1939-1945

Type: Document

In the face of repeated German victories the Allied situation in the spring of 1942 was grim. Since the time was not yet ripe for the full-scale invasion of Western Europe, it was decided to mount a major raid on the French port of Dieppe. Canadians would provide the main force to spearhead that fateful raid.

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Map of the Dieppe Raid

Type: Image

Map of Dieppe shows landing positions of Canadian troops.

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Baptism of Fire - Dieppe

Type: Document

Discussion about the raid on Dieppe, its aftermath, and the reasons for Canadian troop involvement.

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Normandy 1944

Type: Document

Introductory page to a website that tells the story of the Canadian soldiers who played a major role in the greatest seaborne invasion of all time, the Allied assault on Normandy on June 6, 1944, and in the long, wearying struggle that followed in the French countryside.

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Raid on Dieppe - The Second World War

Type: Document

A discussion of the events of August 19, 1942, the circumstances leading up to that day, and its aftermath.

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Landings in Normandy - Canada and the Second World War, 1939-1945

Type: Document

In June, 1944, Canadian forces landed in and fought through Normandy in the long awaited invasion of northwest Europe. All three Canadian services shared in the successful assault to breach Fortress Europe, but the day of Victory in Europe was still eleven months away.

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War at Sea - Canada and the Second World War, 1939-1945

Type: Document

The Royal Canadian Navy participated in a wide range of missions and activities during the Second World War. To most Canadians, the RCN was identified with the bitter submarine war in the North Atlantic, but Canadian warships also served in other waters and other endeavours. They were engaged in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Pacific theatres of war; served with the British fleet off Norway; accompanied convoys to Russia; and participated in coastal operations off northwest Europe.

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Dieppe - The Second World War

Type: DocumentImageSound

Site features an excerpt from journalist Ross Munro's account of going ashore with allied shock troops storming the Dieppe beach on August 19, 1942, and has links to other resources on the Dieppe Raid, including map, photos, and RealAudio interviews.

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Invasion Plans and Preparations - Normandy 1944

Type: Document

Discussion of the Allied plans for the invasion of Normandy on June 5, 1944.

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Clearing the Breskens Pocket - Operation "Switchback"

Type: Document

Description of the First Canadian Army's battle to overcome fierce German resistance as they fought to cross the Leopold Canal in Belgium and clear the Breskens Pocket in the fall of 1944.

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