Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal Monument

Les Fusiliers Mont Royal Monument

Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal, based in Montréal, originated in 1869. The Regiment first saw action when the North West Rebellion broke out in 1885, and then again during the First World War and the Second World War.

On 1 September 1939, the Regiment mobilized as Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal, C.A.S.F. In July 1940, its soldiers were deployed to Iceland where they spent three months before departing for the United Kingdom in October.

During the Dieppe Raid on 19 August 1942, Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal were originally tasked with capturing German barges in the harbour there and taking them back to England. However, a significant misunderstanding occurred. When the Allied headquarters ship received a misleading message, telling them that one small landing party had made its way into the streets of Dieppe and was making good headway, Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal were sent it to assist. Instead, the Canadians had been pinned down and the Germans were taking a terrible toll on the attacking troops. Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal came ashore in the face of overwhelming enemy fire and 119 of its soldiers would lose their lives.

After replacing its members who had been lost at Dieppe and undertaking further training in the United Kingdom, the Regiment returned to Northwest Europe in July 1944. There they would join the Canadian troops that had been fighting in the Battle of Normandy since D-Day. Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal would go on to see heavy fighting in Normandy, the Battle of the Scheldt, the Netherlands and Germany before the war finally came to an end on 8 May 1945.

Inscription

Front

À LA MÉMOIRE DE CEUX QUI, PARTIS DU CANADA, ONT VERSÉ LEUR SANG SUR LA TERRE DE FRANCE EN COMBATTANT SOUS LA BANNIÈRE D'UN RÉGIMENT CANADIEN-FRANÇAIS "LES FUSILIERS MONT-ROYAL"

Dévoilé le 18 août 1962 par l'Association Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal (1961) INC, avec le concours du gouvernement de la Province de Québec et les citoyens de la ville de Dieppe.

Back

Ypres 1915 - Festubert 1915 - La Somme 1916 - Cote 70, 1917 - Amiens 1917 - Arras 1917-18 - poursuite de Mons - Dieppe 1942 - Saint-André-sur-Orne - Verrières - Tilly la Campagne - Falaise - Dunkerque 1944 - Canal d'Anvers - Turnhout - l'Escaut - Woensdrecht - Beveland Sud - la Rhénanie - le Hochwald - Xanten - le Rhin - Groningen - Oldenburg

Directions

The monument is located at Red Beach on the Esplanade west of Dieppe Harbour.  The address is 6 Boulevard Marechal Foch, Dieppe, France 76200. 

GPS Coordinates: Latitude 49.929400 (approximate) Longitude 1.077151 (approximate)

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