For Canadians, the word Dieppe represents a horrific, human tragedy of war – not a fun-filled beach holiday destination, as pictured in this recent arrival:
Dieppe still resonates with Canadians as arguably our worst military disaster (almost a thousand Canadians killed or wounded in a few hours, compared to much smaller losses on the part of the British, American, and German forces). Controversy remains on the causes of the debacle and any benefits results of the aborted attack on Germany’s fortifications in the French town. There is still resentment of some Canadians towards the British for ordering mostly Canadian troops into a poorly planned and impossible situation.
So considering it’s horrific symbolism, it’s bizarre to see cheesy flip-flops superimposed over such a site. (The flip flops would be cheesy over any scene).
Here’s the back with more on the history of the site:
Postcard caption: “Dieppe – The marina”
“Bonjour. Back in France for a trip to Normandy. After seeing Dieppe in person it’s shocking that they chose it to send the Canadians to invade – see the cliffs? They’re guarding the mouth of the harbour. This flip-flop card is the only I could find that showed the cliffs. It’s actually a pretty town.”