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    My father was a veteran of the Dieppe Raid who, as a private in the Royal Regiment of Canada, landed at Puy, west of Dieppe. A late landing resulted in a daylight - not dawn - attack on a heavily defended position. They were decimated. With hundreds of casualties, the C/O ordered surrender and abandoned the objective of silencing the guns of the 'Heidelberg Battery' on the west headland - the same objective that McGlashan's Sqdn. had. Survivors were taken over the cliff to a pasture near the battery. From when I was a boy my father re-told of... "watching a German guard single-handedly mount a light machine gun on a pole and do battle with a marauding Hurricane Fighter that had flown in from the Channel. The fighter shot the soldier literally cutting him in half. The fighter then made passes on the battery to strafe the 'soldiery' below from different approaches". On one pass a machine gun bullet struck my father in the jaw, neck, shoulder and upper R arm, tearing out the shoulder joint. No wonder he remembered the Hurricane and lone gunner!! Reading McGlashan's detailed account, I was struck by the similarities in their stories: a single Hurricane, inland, the same objective, attacks from different directions.... most telling is their duplicate account of the soldier using a pole to elevate his gun and being hit. After 70 years - many questions answered-maybe. (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)


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