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September 10 , 2008

Nine Hours

The Canadians at Dieppe: August 19, 1942


The raid on Dieppe was one of the most controversial operations of World War II and a costly failure. Many would argue it was flawed and doomed from the start. 
The focus here is the personal stories of those who landed on the beaches, enduring nine hours of hell. The men of the Second Division did what they could, for as long as they could, to no avail. 
The author hopes that the reader will remember the sacrifice made both in 1942 and recently in Afghanistan. 

William Mathieson is a retired high school teacher who taught History, Law and English in France, Germany, and in Toronto, Trenton and Belleville, Canada. 
He was born, raised and educated (U of T clazz of ‘63) in Toronto. He and his wife, Ruth, have three children, Scott, Tim and Joo-Rei, and a precious grandson, Zachary. The family moved to Belleville in 1982. His previous works include My Grandfathers’s War and Billy Bishop VC. Nine Hours is his first World War II project. 

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