Travel from our Pick up at Ebbsfleet International station In Kent to France. For the duration of the trip we will stay in the coastal fishing town of Dieppe in Upper Normandy.
We study the story of how the 51st Highland Division got divorced from the BEF in 1940 and found itself fighting under French Command, first on the Maginot line then near Abbeville on the Somme. The Division were forced into creating a defensive pocket at St Valery-en-Caux. We see where the 1/ Gordons and 2/ Seaforths tried in vain to hold the Western flank at St Sylvain under mounting pressure from General Erwin Rommel’s Panzer Division and where the Black Watch fought a delaying action at St Pierre le Viger. We finish on the beach at Veules-les-Roses where a small number of Highlanders did get away in small ships, while the rest under General Fortune marched away to 5 years of captivity.
“Don’t worry men- it’ll be a piece of cake” Declared Major General Hamilton of the 2nd Canadian Division. We start our study of Operation Jubilee 1942 by looking at the relative success on the southern flank, where No.4 Commando landed at Orange Beach and assaulted the Hess Battery. We also see where the South Saskatchewan Regiment landed at Pourville (Green Beach) and Charles Merritt received the Victoria Cross before being wounded and captured. After free time for lunch in picturesque Dieppe we head to the Northern Flanks to see where Commando’s and US Rangers landed at Berneval and then where disaster befell the Royal Regiment of Canada at Blue beach, Puys.
A walking tour of the centre of Dieppe, the harbour and the shingle beach code named Red and White beaches in 1942. We stand where the Essex Scottish Regiment came ashore on Red Beach, see their stunning memorial and hear of their valiant efforts to cross the open esplanade and penetrate the town. We walk along White Beach and see where the Churchill Tanks of the Calgary Regiment got into the Town before returning to the Beach as the troops pulled out. We also visit the Garden of Remembrance at Square du Canada beneath the Chateau de Dieppe before a fitting visit to the Dieppe CWGC cemetery.
Return to the UK and drop off at Ebbsfleet station.