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Canada 2018 A Nation's Mettle - Dieppe Raid 1942 World War II - King George VI Second World War $20 Pure Silver Proof L08

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In 1942 the Allies tested Hitler's Atlantic Wall in force. The Raid on Dieppe was a disaster for the brave Canadian troops, whose brotherhood under fire is remembered on this one troy ounce pure silver military proof.

They were the brave, the heroic, the everyday Canadians who, over the course of nine terrible, bloody hours of fighting, would prove a nation’s mettle under a relentless hail of Nazi fire. This pure silver proof remembers their heroic sacrifice while reflecting on the legacy of the Dieppe Raid as a lesson in the mistakes of war, represented by those who lived it and the many who never returned.

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Raid Gone Wrong; The Lessons of War
The Dieppe Raid was an Allied assault on the German-occupied port of Dieppe, France on 19 August 1942, during the Second World War. The main assault lasted less than six hours until strong German defenses and mounting Allied losses forced its commanders to call a retreat.

Over 6,000 infantrymen, predominantly Canadian, were supported by The Calgary Regiment of the 1st Canadian Tank Brigade and a strong force of Royal Navy and smaller Royal Air Force landing contingents. It involved 5,000 Canadians, 1,000 British troops, and 50 United States Army Rangers.

Objectives included seizing and holding a major port for a short period, both to prove that it was possible and to gather intelligence. Upon retreat, the Allies also wanted to destroy coastal defenses, port structures and all strategic buildings. The raid had the added objectives of boosting morale and demonstrating the firm commitment of the United Kingdom to open a western front in Europe.

Virtually none of these objectives were met. Allied fire support was grossly inadequate and the raiding force was largely trapped on the beach by obstacles and German fire. Less than 10 hours after the first landings, the last Allied troops had all been either killed, evacuated, or left behind to be captured by the Germans. Instead of a demonstration of resolve, the bloody fiasco showed the world that the Allies could not hope to invade France for a long time. Some intelligence successes were achieved, including electronic intelligence.

Of the 6,086 men who made it ashore, 3,623 (almost 60%) were either killed, wounded or captured. The Royal Air Force failed to lure the Luftwaffe into open battle, and lost 106 aircraft (at least 32 to anti-aircraft fire or accidents), compared to 48 lost by the Luftwaffe. The Royal Navy lost 33 landing craft and one destroyer. The events at Dieppe influenced preparations for the North African (Operation Torch) and Normandy D-Day landings (Operation Overlord).

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An Intricate and Original Work of Military Art
Artist Laurie McGaw bridges the past and present with the poignant image of a Canadian veteran returning to the site of the 1942 landing at Dieppe, France. Standing at the water’s edge, the decorated veteran leans on his cane with his right arm raised in an open-palm salute. Prominently pinned on his blazer are two campaign stars — the 1939-45 Star and the France and Germany Star — alongside the Defense Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with the Dieppe Bar and the Overseas Bar, and the World War II Medal.

Behind him are the alabaster cliffs that gave the enemy a commanding view of the beach below, where Canadians came ashore under heavy Nazi fire. Reflected on the water’s surface, the appearance of Canadian soldiers standing at attention is an additional act of remembrance for Canada’s combatants, whose actions and sacrifice at Dieppe will never be forgotten. The design includes the words THE DIEPPE RAID LE RAID SUR DIEPPE engraved on a banner, along with the word CANADA and the year 2018. The reverse features the effigy of King George VI by T. H. Paget.

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Technology Note - Purity
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This one troy ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian Coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") and the denomination also appears.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Mintage Limit      5,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Laurie McGaw
Certificate Individually Numbered

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