National Geographic : 1942 Oct
©Donald McLeish Dieppe, on the French Normandy Coast, Where United Nations Commandos Staged Their Daring "Rehearsal" Raid onAugust 19 Canadian troops, aided by men of the United States Ranger Battalion, British, and Free French, landed from invasion barges onsixbeaches. One contingent stormed the historic town from the Esplanade (left). Shellfire damaged the long row of tourist hotels on Boulevard de Verdun, facing theEsplanade. Bombs from planes wrecked factories and warehouses (background).