(WINDSOR, ON) – Entitled Sacrifice and Courage: The Dieppe Raid Remembered, the newest exhibit at the downtown Chimczuk Museum brings into tight focus one of the most deadly of military initiatives in the early days of the Second World War.
On August 19, 1942, 75 years ago, thousands of soldiers, sailors, and air force crews from the allied forces joined together to carry out a large scale assault on the coast of a small village known as Dieppe, on the north coast of then Nazi-occupied France.
The majority of the service men were Canadians, including hundreds from the Windsor-based Essex Scottish Regiment. Many did not return. Many others were wounded or captured.
Using artifacts and rarely seen photos, the exhibit attempts to show what life was like and the aftermath of this failed experiment that was no match to Nazi fire from the shore, on what is now known a Dieppe’s Red Beach.
Although many lives were lost, the experience at Dieppe helped guide in the planning of the more successful D-Day Invasion, when the allied forces landed at Normandy in 1944.
Sacrifice and Courage will run until December 31. Regular admission prices at the Chimczuk are in force.