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Red Beach – Dieppe France

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A week ago, I had the opportunity to visit Dieppe, France, the site of the disastrous WWII raid that took place on August 19, 1942. The monument above, also has a twin that sits in Dieppe Park in downtown Windsor.

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Red Beach was the landing site of the Essex Scottish Regiment, and it is located directly in front of the monument in Dieppe.

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Of the 553 member of the Essex Scottish Regiment who landed on the morning of August 19, 1942, only 51 were evacuated to England later that day, and of the 51, 2 of them died from their injuries. The Essex Scottish sustained the highest losses of any regiment that took part in the Dieppe Raid.

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A view of the beach following the raid in 1942.

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A view from a similar spot in 2014.

Given the link to Windsor’s History, it was a very moving place to visit.

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