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Today in World War II History—August 19, 1942

British & Canadian Churchill tanks and landing craft burning on the Dieppe beach, France, 19 Aug 1942 (German Federal Archives: Bild 101I-291-1229-17A)

British & Canadian Churchill tanks and landing craft burning on the Dieppe beach, France, 19 Aug 1942 (German Federal Archives: Bild 101I-291-1229-17A)

80 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 the Dieppe raid in the first combat by these commando troops.

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

Author Irène Némirovsky is killed in Auschwitz, age 30; her book Suite Française will be published posthumously.

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