Commemorating Canadians - Dieppe Raid August 1942

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National Memorial Arboretum

Allied Special Forces Memorial Grove

Croxall Road

Alrewas

Burton on Trent

DE13 7AR

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Garden
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: The Dieppe Raid memorial commemorates all the Allied Forces who fought at Dieppe. In particular the Canadians who have come to the aid of Britain in two world wars. Code named "Operation Jubilee" in August 1942. This raid in force failed but vital lessons learnt led to the successful D-Day landings just two years after. The Dieppe Raid Garden is situated at the start of Garden 3 in the Grove. The Old Red Sandstone surrounding the heather was dug out of a quarry Consall Hall and Gardens by members of the Allied Special Forces Association and represent the formidable defences of Dieppe Harbour. Over 100 different types of heather were planted and in the centre is a dark green conifer which represents the part played by the Commandos and American Rangers who's task was to destroy the gun batteries either side of the harbour. The four lines of box hedging signify the order that was restored in Europe from D-Day 6th June 1942. To the sides are two October Maple leaf trees in honour off the Canadian losses. The shingle represents the beaches where so many men were slaughtered and the sea shells the spirits of those lost at sea, in the air and on land.
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This memorial has three commemorative plaques detailing the order of battle, the part the Canadians played in two world wars and a description of the battle. The fourth plaque is a diorama of the landing areas

The names of the commanders of the operational forces are named along with those who received the Victoria Cross for their actions.

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