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Artillery Under Fire

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Artillery Under Fire

On the first attempt we had been told there were, on Exercise Rutter in other words, we had been told that there were one thousand untrained German troops and there were six thousand of us - five thousand Canadians and about one thousand British. We were told because of that Mountbatten who was in charge of the operation, wanted to do a circuit, an encircling movement going in on both flanks and coming in this way and he was overruled by General Montgomery who was the head of Southeast Command and he said why should we do that, we got six thousand troops to their one thousand so we can go in on a frontal assault which may or may not be right.

Mr. Hart provides details of what he was witnessing from the landing craft.

David Hart

Mr. Hart was born in Montreal, Quebec on July 8, 1917. One of seven boys, Mr. Hart joined the army reserves and high school cadets later graduating from college as an accountant. Joining with the Fourth Divisional Signals in 1937, he then joined active service August 1939. Mr. Hart continued on with his service as a signalman with the Royal Canadian Corps Second Divisional Signals taking part in The Dieppe Raid as a sergeant. For his part in this historical event, Mr. Hart received the Military Medal for bravery, awarded to him by His Majesty King George VI at Buckingham Palace. Upon returning to Canada, Mr. Hart continued on with his accounting career. Having great pride for his service, Mr. Hart has returned to Dieppe six times and with this being the 75th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid, along with his wife and son, he will be joining the Canadian delegation in recognition of this commemorative event. At 100 years of age, Mr. Hart continues to enjoy life with his wife of 99 years of age, still residing in their own home. Mr. Hart continues to promote the importance of the Dieppe Raid so that Canadians will truly understand the sacrifice that was given during this battle. He and his wife now reside in Montreal, Quebec.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
August 15, 2017
Person Interviewed:
David Hart
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Royal Canadian Corps Second Divisional Signals

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