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N.B. veterans win battle over ‘Battle of Dieppe’ commemorative coin

Post by Guest on Sat 22 Jul 2017, 12:41

N.B. veterans win battle over ‘Battle of Dieppe’ commemorative coin


Video: http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1172751

CTV Atlantic
Published Friday, July 21, 2017 7:17PM ADT


A group of New Brunswick veterans have won an unusual battle with the Royal Canadian Mint.

The two groups clashed over a newly released commemorative coin that veterans say is 'historically incorrect.'

The coin, unveiled by the Royal Canadian Mint in May, commemorates the Battle of Dieppe.


The coin, unveiled by the Royal Canadian Mint in May, commemorates the Battle of Dieppe. The perceived error offended veterans in Canada as well as in France.

“That was a shocker, because we've never thought of it as a battle,” says Dieppe Military Veterans’ Association director Keith Brewer. “It's always been the Dieppe Raid.”


The perceived error offended veterans in Canada as well as in France.

“It's worth the fight to get this right, because we are the guardians of the Dieppe Raid,” says Dieppe Military Veterans’ Association president Nils Liljemark. “A battle is fighting to defend territory or gain territory. A raid means you're going in to either learn information, or check out defenses, and get right back out of there. You're not there to protect, or get, land.”

At the time of its release, the Mint stood by the wording, but has now relented, saying a new coin will be cast. It will be unveiled in Dieppe, rather than Moncton.

While the original coin won't be recalled, the Dieppe Military Veterans’ Association will have input on the design of the new coin.

The Mint is apologizing for any offense. In a statement they say: "We fully understand the concerns expressed by the association and we admire their efforts to preserve the memory of the Canadian troops who participated in the Dieppe Raid.”

Veterans say they feel vindicated by the decision and accept the apology, adding a proper commemorative coin will ensure the losses in war are never forgotten.

“It's important that we maintain that, even with schoolchildren, because we don't want them to grow up and make the same mistakes we made,” says Brewer.

The veterans hope the new coin will be released by August 2018, in time for the anniversary of the Raid on Dieppe.

http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/n-b-veterans-win-battle-over-battle-of-dieppe-commemorative-coin-1.3514108


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‘It's inaccurate’: Veterans' group criticizes Canadian Mint for ‘Battle of Dieppe’ collector coin

Post by Loader on Tue 25 Jul 2017, 07:14

The 913 Canadians who died on the beaches of Dieppe during the raid would be misrepresented in history. That's our objection'
The Royal Canadian Mint says it will continue to sell this Battle of Dieppe coin but also plans to produce a Dieppe Raid  collector coin in 2018. Royal Canadian Mint


By Brett Bundale


DIEPPE, N.B. — It was officially code-named Operation Jubilee and the allied attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe was a pivotal moment in the Second World War. But 75 years later, a battle is brewing over just what to call the bloody assault that claimed the lives of nearly a thousand Canadian soldiers.

The Royal Canadian Mint issued a collector coin in May commemorating the Battle of Dieppe, prompting outcry from a New Brunswick veterans’ group that says the attack is called the Dieppe Raid.

After months of growing tension over the silver coin, which depicts a soldier rushing ashore with explosions in the distance, a truce has been called.

The mint said Monday it understands the concerns expressed by the veterans’ group and apologized if the coin offended anyone. It also plans to produce a Dieppe Raid collector coin in 2018.

But the current coin, roughly 28 grams of pure silver with a price tag of about $93, will continue to be sold as part of the mint’s Second World War battlefront series, something a military historian calls a mistake.

“That’s a bad idea,” Dieppe Military Veterans’ Association historian Ronald Cormier said. “The coin is wrong. It’s like showing a picture of the Parliament Buildings and calling it the House of Commons. It’s inaccurate.”


Destroyed landing craft on fire with Canadian dead on the beach following the Dieppe raid. Wikipedia


Keith Brewer, executive director of the veterans’ group, said if the error is allowed to stand, history will be “changed forever.”

“The 913 Canadians who died on the beaches of Dieppe during the raid would be misrepresented in history,” he said. “That’s our objection.”

Although Brewer said he’s “not comfortable” with the mint’s plans to continue selling the flawed coin, he said he hopes the new Dieppe Raid coin will “offset” the previous coin’s impact.

The crux of the issue has to do with the difference between a raid and a battle, and what took place on Aug. 19, 1942.

“In a battle, you go and take ground and you try to hold it, like Vimy Ridge,” Brewer said. “But in raid, you go in and do your dirty work and you get out.”

A spokesman for the mint said it consulted with the Department of National Defence’s history and heritage directorate to confirm the accuracy of the coin before producing the commemorative item.

http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/mint-apologizes-for-commemorative-coin-veterans-group-calls-flawed/wcm/c08764c0-a3a2-4330-af0c-7c5d8c72ac01
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