August 19th, 2019
NDP Statement on the Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid
Jagmeet Singh, Leader of Canada’s NDP, issued the following statement:
“On this day in 1942, Allied Forces launched a major raid on the French coastal port of Dieppe. The raid was a catastrophe. Of the 6,086 soldiers who made it ashore, 3,623 were killed, wounded, or captured. 907 of these soldiers were Canadian, the greatest loss of all participating Allied forces, prompting Churchill to state that it ‘was a Canadian contribution of the greatest significance to final victory’.
The Dieppe raid was a significant setback, but it provided valuable lessons of what not to do in amphibious assaults, and laid the framework for the Normandy landings two years later, and the Allies’ eventual victory.
On this Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid let us remember the great courage of our brave soldiers on that historic day, 77 years ago.
Let’s also take a moment today to remember the families who lost their loved ones, the men and women who endured years of harsh treatment in prison, and those who came home forever scarred by a most brutal war.”