19 August 1942. The failed raid of Dieppe (Operation Jubilee). Exhausted commandos, arriving in Newhaven.
The Commando with the torn trouser leg is identified as Gnr.Len Ruskin of No.4 Cdo. The Commando seen emerging from the hatchway is wearing a souvenir German cap with the Eagle and Swastika in clear view so he must have got to very close quarters in Dieppe! The man behind holds a Bren LMG across the shoulder whilst Gunner Ruskin holds his Thompson Sub-machine Gun. He may have been wounded as his right hand denim leg is gone and it appears that a First Field Dressing has been applied (FFD - A pre-packed sterile bandage carried by all British Infantry soldiers and which should only be used to treat him. If Morphine has been administered the letter M in blood would be placed on his forehead. Gunner Len Ruskin, a veteran of the Dieppe raid in 1942, was wounded 8 June 1944 during operations at Normandy, France. Post war member of the Commando Association from Harlow, Essex.
The Commandos are Lord Lovat, Capt. Webb ( OC "B" Troop), Capt. Bill Boucher-Myers, unknown, the fair haired Len Ruskin, TSM Chatterway, and Sgt Freddy Ham
The piece of kit on the floor is a collapsible assault boat and the oars are clearly shown. The Commando walking centrally seems to be carrying a Field Radio
A general view of the convoy under air attack showing the intense anti-aircraft barrage put up by the escorts. The battleship HMS Rodney is on the left and the cruiser HMS Manchester on the right. Operation Pedestal, 11 August 1942.
Churchill AVRE and Sherman Crab casualties of the landing at Westkapelle in November 1944
Operation Infatuate was the code name given to an Anglo-Canadian operation in November 1944 during the Second World War to open the port of Antwerp to shipping and relieve logistical constraints. The operation was part of the wider Battle of the Scheldt and involved two assault landings from the sea by the 4th Special Service Brigade and the 52nd (Lowland) Division. At the same time the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division would force a crossing of the Walcheren Causeway.
Lance-Corporal W.J. Curtis of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (R.C.A.M.C.) 3rd Division, bandages the burnt leg of a french boy whose brother looks on, Boissons, Normandy in France, 19 June 1944.
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