War Amps documentary marks 65th anniversary of Dieppe raid

    OTTAWA, Aug. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - As Canadians remember the 65th anniversary
of the Dieppe raid on August 19th, The War Amps has re-released its
award-winning documentary DIEPPE: Don't Call it a Failure.
    The raid on Dieppe, the French seaside port across the channel from
England, has been the subject of many books and films. Most labelled the
assault, carried out primarily by the Canadian 2nd Division, as a monumental
failure. In the minds of many Canadians, Dieppe was a major political blunder
and a result of flawed generalship.
    War Amps CEO Cliff Chadderton, who produced the documentary, points out
that Canadians seldom see anything about the outstanding courage shown by the
troops themselves. "Moreover, there is even a somewhat insidious suggestion
that the Canadians were all too willing to surrender," he added.
    "Dieppe survivors repeatedly asked us to tell the positive side of the
story. This documentary tells how the lessons of Dieppe saved thousands of
Canadian lives on the D-Day invasion in Normandy nearly two years later," said
Chadderton, himself a Normandy veteran.
    The documentary features several rarely-seen paintings by German war
artists showing enemy views of the raid, and also includes original music by
the late Canadian singer and songwriter Barry Campbell of Collingwood,
Ontario. More information, as well as a two-minute vignette based on the
documentary, can be viewed on The War Amps Web site at
    Part of The War Amps Military Heritage Documentary Series, it has been
distributed to regular and community channels across Canada. Like all War Amps
documentaries, it was funded by corporate donations. It is available in both
English and French (DVD or VHS) at a cost recovery price of $12 by using E-ZEE
ACCESS: call toll-free 1-800-250-3030, fax toll-free 1-800-219-8988 or visit

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