Collection F0109 - John Mellor Dieppe Raid collection.

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John Mellor Dieppe Raid collection.


  • ca.1940-1977 (Creation)

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1.6 m of textual records and other material.

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On August 19, 1942, a raid across the British Channel on Dieppe (Operation Jubilee) was planned to test Hitler's defences and the capability of the Western Allies to launch large-scale amphibious assaults. It was a major disaster. The raid lasted only 9 hours but among 5000 Canadian soldiers involved more than 900 were killed and 1300 taken prisoner. The failure was primarily caused by poor and overly complex planning, inadequate training, insufficient fire support and the employment of inexperienced troops. (Summary of Brereton Greenhous's entry in The Canadian Encyclopedia. - Edmonton : Hurtig, 1985)

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Acquired from J. Mellor in 1977 and 1992. Transferred from Special Collections holdings to Military Museums Library and Archives holdings, October 2017.

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Collection consists of material relating to the Dieppe raid. Includes taped interviews of veterans of the raid; transcripts of interviews; photographs and slides; war diaries of various Canadian military units participating in the raid; military reports written after the raid; German accounts; correspondence with German veterans; collection of articles, pamphlets, thesis and other published material about the raid; research material for and manuscripts of J. Mellor's book Forgotten heroes : the Canadians at Dieppe; and miscellaneous material.

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Text in English and some text in German.

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Includes ca. 1.2 m of textual records, 59 sound recordings, ca. 320 photographs and ca. 190 slides.

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