History Television doc sheds new light on Dieppe, 70 years after invasion
spelled out 70 years ago as his regiment’s top secret military target. The first three letters, he points out, spell DIE — “and when we got there, that’s exactly what we did.”
Beals, a member of the Royal Regiment of Canada, is one of a handful of surviving war veterans who share first-person insights in the illuminating new documentary “Dieppe Uncovered.” The 90-minute film premieres Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT — 70 years to the day of the Dieppe invasion — on History Television.
Produced and directed by cinematographer Wayne Abbott (“Deep Wreck Mysteries: Unsinkable Battleship”), the film draws on 15 years of meticulous research conducted by military historian David O’Keefe to make the case that the doomed dawn raid had a purpose and a complexity that went far beyond its legacy as a military failure.
O’Keefe, who served with the Royal Highland Regiment, just never bought some of the popular beliefs about the raid. Some said it was a sop to Russian demands for a second front in Europe and to provide a testing ground for D-Day. The sacrifices paid at Dieppe — over 900 Canadians killed in roughly three hours of savage bloodshed — did not, in O’Keefe’s estimation, justify the means.
Another 2,000 troops were captured that terrible August 19th, and many spent the next year-and-a-half shackled to one another.
O’Keefe likens his Dieppe discoveries to pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Among the revelations he made…
- Was Dieppe a spy mission? (blogs.windsorstar.com)
- Botched Dieppe raid had little known success (metronews.ca)
- New research suggests World War II raid on Dieppe may have been attempt to find Nazi Enigma machine (o.canada.com)
- Canadian vets remember bloody Dieppe raid (metronews.ca)
- Vindicating Dieppe (macleans.ca)
- Editorial: Remembering the tragedy at Dieppe (blogs.windsorstar.com)
- Dieppe (henleyshamilton1.wordpress.com)
- The Dieppe Raid Uncovered (almostfalling.com)
- Canadian vets in France to mark 70th anniversary of bloody Dieppe raid (ctvnews.ca)
- Canadian vets travel to France to mark 70th anniversary of bloody Dieppe raid (vancouversun.com)