M965.199.3366 | Speaking of Sacrifice.

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Drawing, cartoon
Speaking of Sacrifice.
John Collins
September 16, 1942, 20th century
Ink, crayon, graphite and opaque white on card
38.4 x 28 cm
Gift of Mr. John Collins - The Gazette
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cartoon (19139) , Drawing (18637) , drawing (18379) , war (1452)
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Keys to History

In 1942 the U.S.S.R. was involved in an ongoing life-and-death struggle with German forces. The Russians wanted their allies to open a second front in Europe to help divert some of the German resources away from the eastern front. At the same time Russia's western allies wanted to launch an amphibious assault on a fortified enemy port. After two years of preparation for war, Canadian troops wanted some battle experience. The result was an ill-fated Canadian-led commando raid on the French port of Dieppe. Nearly 900 were killed, over 1,000 were wounded and about 1,900 were taken prisoner. Only 2,200 made their way back to England. The cartoonist contrasts the sacrifices made by the Canadian troops with the relatively trivial sacrifices made by civilians at home.

  • What

    The backdrop to this cartoon is the list of Canadian soldiers wounded or killed during the Dieppe raid.

  • Where

    The small, well-fortified port of Dieppe in Normandy was chosen for the raid.

  • When

    On August 19, 1942, Allied forces landed at Dieppe.

  • Who

    A force of 6,000, including nearly 5,000 Canadians, took part in the raid.