Doc Alexander’s Dieppe journal

August 19, 2012 marks the 70th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. On this day, 70 years ago, nearly 5,000 Canadians attacked Dieppe, France as part of Operation Jubilee. Of those, under half returned to England. The rest were either captured or killed. Ceremonies to remember the Dieppe Raid and the men who served there will be held in Dieppe, France; Dieppe, New Brunswick and Ottawa.

Doc Alexander was at Dieppe. He returned to England, but with a wound to his left ankle, a cracked jaw and injured tailbone.

On August 19, I’ll post Doc Alexander’s Dieppe journal, entry by entry roughly corresponding to the time he would experienced each moment he later recorded in his journal. The first entry will go up at 0155 hrs (Mountain Standard Time only because that is where I live). For the most part, I’m focusing on what happened on the water and the shoreline, as Doc Alexander’s world shrunk to those specific areas during the raid and he knew very little about what was occurring on the beach. I will also include some of the major points during the raid to fill in the gaps in Doc Alexander’s journal.

Doc Alexander’s Dieppe story begins on August 16, so please join me then for the lead up to the Dieppe Raid and one man’s harrowing experience during one of the milestones of the Second World War.


Officers of the Calgary Regiment, 1941


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About Rob Alexander

I am a writer, photographer and historian and the author of The History of Canmore, published by Summerthought Publishing of Banff, AB.

2 responses to “Doc Alexander’s Dieppe journal”

  1. Kevin says :

    I hope that you will be carrying on with doc’s story after Dieppe. I would love to read his entries as the regiment moved through Sicily and Italy in 1943.

    • Rob Alexander says :

      Hi Kevin. Thanks for your comment and your interest. The journals go right through to end of the war, including Sicily, Italy, Normandy, Belgium and Holland. Unfortunately, my grandfather was promoted and given command of a field dressing station while in Italy, so his story shifts from the Calgary Tanks to the FDS. However, as my grandfather loved the Calgary Tanks I’m planning to continue telling the Tanks story. But all told, this project will be going for another two-and-a-half years.

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