August 2016 Anniversaries
August sees the anniversaries of two Europe-related events that made their impact on the wider world. On 3 August 1914, Germany declared war on France, setting off hostilities that became the First World War, the “Great War” as it was known then.
On 19 August 1942, during the Second World War, with Germany ascending, Britain and its allies launched a raid on the French coast at Dieppe, to try to take some pressure off the Eastern Front. Dieppe is often prefixed with “Disastrous” because of the loss of 6,000 men, 5,000 of them Canadians. Yet the “lessons learnt” from it helped to make the Normandy landings that came two years later a success.