60 years ago this monday 6,100 men tried to take the beach at Dieppe. 5,000 of them were Canadians. The operation was planned by the allies and poorly. By that afternoon 907 were dead, 1,946 spent the next 3 years in concentration camps and rest retreated. Although a tragedy, the lesson was learned and allowed for the 1944 D-day invasion at Normandy which without Dieppe, they may have never taken. Canadians also vowed never to be defeated in such a manner again and when the battle of Vimy Ridge took place they refused the order to retreat and took the ridge and the rich coal fields beyond it, crippling the Nazis. This all despite the fact that the English, other allies and the french all failed to do so in three previous attempts.