Cause and Consequence: What were the causes and most important aspects of your chosen event related to the guiding questions (5Ws).
Who: British/Canadian and German troops.
What: Canadian troops had been called upon by Britain to raid Dieppe, 5000~ Canadian/British troops attacked the ports and villages of Puys and Pourville (two cities in France) only to be met with even stronger German troops. 907 Canadians were killed and 1946 were captured.
Where: Puys/Pourville, Dieppe, Northern France.
When: Morning of August 19th, 1942
Why: An attempt to successfully raid and hold German-occupied Europe, but also to test their naval abilities.
Historical Perspective/Continuity and Change: How did your researched event or idea affect Canadian social, political, or economic norms or values?
Although many may argue that the Disaster at Dieppe was a raid filled with avoidable slaughter, others suggest that the lives lost at Dieppe contributed to the Allies’ successful invasion of Normandy on D-Day. The troops of the allies studied the Raid on Dieppe very carefully to improve the tactics they were using against the Germans, who were occupying France. This battle helped test their naval abilities and showed their flaws, which they later could improve on. In turn, they improved their tactics against the Axis and invaded Normandy successfully.
Historical Significance: In what ways, specifically, did your event contribute to Canada’s social, political, or economic autonomy
Disaster at Dieppe is one of the first times that Britain called upon Canadian troops, and they went to this raid not by obligation, but rather by choice.