0525-0530 hrs

⁃    Lt.Col. Bob Labbatt of Royal Hamilton Light Infantry radios 4th Brigade Headquarters and says “Get Johnny forward,” the code for requesting tank support.

⁃    TLC 1 No. 145 (Carrying C-Sqd. Headquarters F-Troop), carrying the tanks Chief, Company and Calgary, lands at the east end of Red Beach. Direct hits from shellfire and sinks TLC 1, stranding it in shallow water near jetty.

⁃    TLC 2 (No. 127) 13 Troop C-Squadron lands near west jetty, east end of the beach. The tanks Cougar, Cheetah and Cat all unload. Heavy shelling damages TLC 2, but it is still able to withdraw from the beach.

⁃    TLC 3 (No. 159) 8 Troop B-Squadron lands at White Beach, the eastern half of the beach. Aboard TLC 3 are naval and beach parties along with a bulldozer and three Churchill tanks, Bull, Boar and Beetle.

Caption written on the back of this photograph read: Actual photograph at Dieppe. One T.L.C. is in that explosion. One (TLC) to right. These things were happening all around us. Alexander family collection.


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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.

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