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Photo of three (3) stranded Mk III Churchill tanks on beach at Dieppe, along with some other smaller vehicles. Tank in foreground is numbered ‘T6870IR’ on main body, and ‘10’ on the turret. Named ‘Bloody’ on side of body. Tank behind it, closer to water, is numbered ‘T31655’ and has name ‘Buttercup’ (see below).
Several dead soldiers lying on beach.
Armoured support was provided by the 14th Army Tank Regiment (The Calgary Regiment ) with 58 of the new Churchill tanks.
On the back, written in pencil: “Dieppe”
9 X 12 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.
T31655 Buttercup, a Churchill Mk III of No. 9 Troop “B” Squadron, The Calgary Regiment, commanded by Sergeant J.D. Morrison, also one of five Churchill tanks of the regiment that was fitted with the “Beach Track Laying Device,” for the Dieppe raid. Having successfully landed and laid its chespaling and, having crossed the beach, wire, and seawall, it successfully jettisoned its beach track laying device, whereupon it engaged enemy targets on the west headland and in seafront buildings to the west of the Casino. Later, it returned to the beach below the Casino, where it took up a position on the water’s edge. It could not be destroyed by its crew prior to their withdrawal, due to the number of infantry wounded who had sought shelter from enemy fire on its seaward side. Note that there are no remnants of the beach track laying device, on her front, it having been jettisoned successfully.
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.