Photo taken on the beach at Dieppe on August 19th, 1942. In the background, a disabled Churchill I tank, ‘BOLSTER’ painted on its side. In the foreground, a soldier KIA.
Flight 1A came in on the heels of the three TLCs of Flight 1. LCT-4 landed just west of LCT-3’s position. It landed three tanks – Burns, Backer and Bolster – along with the Daimler Scout Car Helen. Bolster got out of LCT 4, towing Helen behind it. Helen was destroyed and then Bolster ground to a halt a casualty of the chert rocks. Like Backer, it fired away until running out of ammunition.
Armoured support was provided by the 14th Army Tank Regiment (The Calgary Regiment (Tank) with 58 of the new Churchill tanks, in their first use in combat, to be delivered using the new landing craft tank (LCT).
On back, written: “Dieppe”
Crease UL corner. Light indentions LL.
12 x 8.50 cm
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale).
Note: The sale of this item in no way supports the actions or philosophies of the Axis powers. I am selling the historical record.
The Dieppe Raid, also known as the Battle of Dieppe, Operation Rutter during planning stages, and by its final official code-name Operation Jubilee, was an Allied attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe during the Second World War. The raid took place on the northern coast of France on 19 August 1942. The assault began at 5:00 a.m., and by 10:50 a.m. the Allied commanders were forced to call a retreat. Over 6,000 infantrymen, predominantly Canadian, were supported by The Calgary Regiment of the 1st Canadian Tank Brigade and a strong force of Royal Navy and smaller Royal Air Force landing contingents. It involved 5,000 Canadians, 1,000 British troops, and 50 United States Army Rangers. Of the 6,086 men who made it ashore, 3,367 (almost 60%) were either killed, wounded or captured.
The Tank, Infantry, Mk IV (A22) Churchill was a British heavy infantry tank used in the Second World War, best known for its heavy armour, large longitudinal chassis with all-around tracks with multiple bogies, its ability to climb steep slopes, and its use as the basis of many specialist vehicles. It was one of the heaviest Allied tanks of the war.