In honour of the 70th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid and Remembrance Day, please join me Thursday Nov. 8 as I share my grandfather’s story at Dieppe with Oil, Water and Blood: the Dieppe journal of Doc Alexander a lecture at the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre at 7 p.m.
At the start of the Dieppe Raid of August 19, 1942, Dr. Laurence Guy Alexander, a Calgary doctor and medical officer for the 14th Canadian Army Tank Battalion – the Calgary Regiment (Calgary Tanks) – waited aboard a tank landing craft for his turn to storm the rocky beach at Dieppe, France.
Oil, Water and Blood: the Dieppe Raid journal of Doc Alexander explores Alexander’s harrowing experience during the raid. It was, he wrote,worse than what he had experienced as a young man serving in the First World War.
“Anything I saw in the whole of the last war – and I saw plenty there – nothing can in the slightest compare with this. A combination of fire from every direction, both sides, in front, behind, above and below, and every conceivable type of weapons pretty well sizes up the situation,” he wrote.
Tickets are $10 and are available at the Canmore Museum.