July 1942: a little context
During early July the Calgary Tanks were training for Operation Rutter: the first planned attempt to raid Dieppe, France. The raid was scheduled to occur between July 4 and July 8. Doc Alexander reported on July 2 that he and a few other members of the Calgary Tanks took a ferry to Portsmouth and then travelled by train to Newhaven, where they boarded a Tank Landing Craft. The raiders remained in the Newhaven harbour for five days until bad weather forced the raid to be called off. The Tanks returned to the Isle of Wight early in the morning of July 8. Operation Rutter was, of course, not scrapped altogether. It would form the backbone of Operation Jubilee, which would take place on August. 19, 1942. Both canadiansoldiers.com and the historyofwar.org offer detailed explanations of Operation Rutter.