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The Italian Campaign

Type: Film and Video

A full year before the D-Day landings in Normandy, there were the Allied invasions of Sicily and Italy. Canada played a major role in the Allies' first breach of Hitler's "Fortress Europe" in 1943 and 1944. Canadian soldiers defeated entrenched German forces but paid a terrible price. Seaside towns and mountain passes became places of horror: Ortona, Cassino, Rimini. But with the events of D-Day and the Allied push across Europe, the Italian Campaign became a forgotten front, a deadly sideshow that cost nearly 6,000 Canadian lives. Sixty years later, their bravery is remembered.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Timothy Findley on Dieppe Memories

Type: Film and Video

It has been called the most controversial battle Canadians have ever fought. On Aug. 19, 1942, after nearly three years of waiting in England for a chance to fight, Canadian troops were sent to raid the French coast at Dieppe. But the Germans were ready for them, and the attack became a massacre. Of nearly 5,000 Canadians sent to Dieppe, only 2,000 returned. More than 60 years later, the operation remains divisive: was Dieppe an essential trial run for D-Day, or a shocking waste of lives?

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

First Hand Reports

Type: Sound

It has been called the most controversial battle Canadians have ever fought. On Aug. 19, 1942, after nearly three years of waiting in England for a chance to fight, Canadian troops were sent to raid the French coast at Dieppe. But the Germans were ready for them, and the attack became a massacre. Of nearly 5,000 Canadians sent to Dieppe, only 2,000 returned. More than 60 years later, the operation remains divisive: was Dieppe an essential trial run for D-Day, or a shocking waste of lives?

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Return to Dieppe

Type: Film and Video

The weather is glorious and the beach is inviting, but the cliffs towering above Dieppe cast long shadows. Even a tourist can see the folly of attacking such a place by sea. But Archie Anderson, Denny Whittaker and Ron Beal are no ordinary tourists. They are Canadian veterans who have made the pilgrimage back to Dieppe to see if they can resolve the uncertain feelings that still haunt them half a century later.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

'Grand Show, You Canadians!'

Type: Film and Video

"It's been a wonderful day," says CBC Radio's H. Rooney Pelletier from London, England. The streets are abuzz with excited rumours that after nearly three years of garrison duty, Canadian soldiers are finally battling in Europe. Official confirmation arrives as Pelletier is on the air, though there are few details. Until more information becomes available, Pelletier says, there is "every reason to believe this is a noble occasion, a day of high honour."

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Dieppe: Radar Recon

Type: Film and Video

It has been called the most controversial battle Canadians have ever fought. On Aug. 19, 1942, after nearly three years of waiting in England for a chance to fight, Canadian troops were sent to raid the French coast at Dieppe. But the Germans were ready for them, and the attack became a massacre. Of nearly 5,000 Canadians sent to Dieppe, only 2,000 returned. More than 60 years later, the operation remains divisive: was Dieppe an essential trial run for D-Day, or a shocking waste of lives?

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

1942: Carnage on the Beaches of Dieppe

Type: Film and Video

"We have suffered heavy losses, and I saw our men die," says CBC Radio's Robert Bowman, just returned from the bloody beaches of Dieppe. The grim reality of what happened in France yesterday is just setting in: hundreds of Canadians killed, untold numbers taken prisoner. Reading from grimy notes taken during his eight hours ashore, Bowman does not use words like "failure" or "disaster." Instead, he lauds the bravery of the troops, and the lessons learned from the assault.

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Through a Lens: Dieppe in Photography and Film - Educational Resources - Secondary Level

Type: DocumentImage

Assignment questions for secondary school students that use photographs and newsreels from the raid on Dieppe to teach students how to research historical events using primary and secondary sources.

Site: Library and Archives Canada

Dieppe Veterans Demand Compensation

Type: Sound

It has been called the most controversial battle Canadians have ever fought. On Aug. 19, 1942, after nearly three years of waiting in England for a chance to fight, Canadian troops were sent to raid the French coast at Dieppe. But the Germans were ready for them, and the attack became a massacre. Of nearly 5,000 Canadians sent to Dieppe, only 2,000 returned. More than 60 years later, the operation remains divisive: was Dieppe an essential trial run for D-Day, or a shocking waste of lives?

Site: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Through a Lens: Dieppe in Photography and Film - Timeline - Across the Channel

Type: DocumentImage

The troops board the landing ships that are to transport them across the English Channel to Dieppe. To ensure their safe passage, warships and planes escort them. Provides a timeline of key events.

Site: Library and Archives Canada