|Paul McGrath landed at Dieppe with the Royal Marine Commandos--and|
went on to Normandy and Algiers. He's featured in Dieppe Uncovered
On the 70th anniversary of the raid on this French coastal town, thousands came to pay homage to the valour of Canadian and other Allied soldiers who fought and died on Aug. 19, 1942 on this beach. Sunday's celebration at Square du Canada--a park which sits under a spectacular cliff topped by a medieval citadel--was filled with soldiers young and old, dignitaries and visitors from Canada, France, The U.K., America and beyond.
|Troops representing all the original regiments marched in Sunday's parade|
|Two of the Canadians who fought at Dieppe escorted by their accountant|
|The cenotaph festooned with wreaths at Square du Canada|
Dieppe Uncovered, a new documentary based on 15 years of investigative research by Montreal professor David O'Keefe, premieres Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT on History Television. O'Keefe and filmmaker Wayne Abbott used reinactors, archival footage and many trips to Dieppe and the surrounding beaches to stitch together this look at the real reasons behind the raid. O'Keefe found evidence in "ultra" top secret files, newly declassified, that suggests espionage, not a military strike, was the real reason for the invasion.
|The Essex Scottish of Canada Regiment is saluted on the Dieppe boardwalk|