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Today in World War II History—Aug. 19, 1942

British Churchill tanks and landing craft burning on the Dieppe beach, France, 19 Aug 1942 (public domain via WW2 Database)

British Churchill tanks and landing craft burning on the Dieppe beach, France, 19 Aug 1942 (public domain via WW2 Database)

75 Years Ago—Aug. 19, 1942: British & Canadians make disastrous raid on Dieppe, France; of 6100 soldiers, 1179 are killed, 2190 captured—mostly Canadians.

Forty-nine US Rangers participate in Dieppe raid in first combat by these commando troops.

RAF Mustang I fighter planes (P-51s) cover Dieppe raid—first victory by a Mustang.