US Ranger Sgt Alex Szima accepting a light for his cigarette apparently from a Sgt A. "Bunny" Austin. The tall man behind is Cpl William Brady. Also in the photo but partially hidden is Staff Sgt Kenneth Stempson. Alex Szima died on 13th September 2006. Certainly Szima who was from Florida , Brady who was from Texas, and Stempson from Minnesota, were all in the 1st Battallion of the US Rangers with No.4 Commando at Dieppe. Austin may have been a war correspondent.
“Alexandre Dumas (Villers-Cotterêts 1802 – Puys, Dieppe 1870).” French writer best known for his historical novels on high adventure which have made him one of the most widely read French authors in the world. Many of his novels, including The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers or Twenty Years After were originally serialized. He also wrote plays and magazine articles and was a prolific correspondent. Born in poverty, was the grandson of a French nobleman and a Haitian slave.
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The Dieppe raid was launched on the northern coast of France in August of 1942. Over 6000 infantrymen, predominantly Canadians, took part. Half of them returned to England without having accomplished their objectives; the rest were killed or captured. Bob Bowman, an overseas correspondent with the CBC, detailed the event in this pamphlet for the Canadian public.
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