Day: September 1, 2021

At the liberation of Dieppe
Military History, Military Milestones

At the liberation of Dieppe

On Sept. 1, 1944, the 2nd Canadian Division returned to Dieppe, France, to a very different reception from that of just two years before. Canadians made up the bulk of the attack force of about more than 6,000 in the disastrous Dieppe Raid in August 1942—907 of them were killed, about 2,460 wounded and nearly 2,000 captured. It was only fitting that the 2nd Canadian Division should be chosen to liberate the town as the Allies swept through northern France following D-Day. Aircraft were deployed to soften up enemy defenders when a reconnaissance unit reported the Germans had already evacuated. The air attack was called off with 20 minutes to spare. Instead of the expected greeting of gunfire, the Canadians were welcomed by cheering French citizens celebrating their liberation an...
The graveyard of empires
Defence Today, Front Lines

The graveyard of empires

The graveyard of empires appears to have claimed another victim. But why couldn’t a high-powered coalition that included the United States, United Kingdom and Canada defeat a radically fundamentalist group of murderous zealots? Many said from the beginning that the post-9/11 invaders of Afghanistan were doomed to follow the Persians, Greeks, Arabs, Turks, Mongols, Britons (three times) and Soviets—none of whom managed a permanent presence or far-reaching impact in the parched and willfully independent land of deserts, mountains and open plains. A successful campaign of liberation relies as much on winning hearts and minds as it does on strategic military successes. Winning over Afghans, as the recent collapse of their national army suggests, was far easier said than done. There...

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