Nearly complete on the Lunette Battery just awaiting favourable weather to complete the photography. Work about to commence o the Dieppe Raid of 1942 and we have been busy collecting documents and books about the subject over the winter months. It's also good to know that the French who own Newhaven Ferry Port have granted permission for the service to continue throughout 2016 and have extended the crossings now to three per day during the summer months; That means a better chance to actually get to Dieppe to conduct some photography and research of our own this summer and take comparison photographs as well. More follows and in closing a special thank you to all of our new readers as we near the 1000th viewing figure this month. Steve
We are nearing completion of our work on the Lunette Battery at Newhaven, East Sussex and the results will be published on our website pages very soon. Newhaven has so much war time history that it in itself should be a musuem. After some encouraging comments from our readers we are considering adding the completed history of our research to a book about the towns military history over the last two hundred years; it is certainly plentiful.
With Newhaven in mind we are starting a longer project on the Dieppe Raid part of which departed from this port on the morning of 19th August 1942. Much has been written about this tragic episode and the massive losses sustained by Allied forces trying to initiate a landing on the heavily defended Normandy Coast. We are lead to believe that the first plans of what was then to be called Operation Rutter were cancelled partly due to bad weather but also due to the quickly perceived heavy losses in men that would certainly be caused should the raid have gone ahead. Why then was the raid re activated as Operation Jubilee while knowing the probable losses, in July 1942 for action in August 1942 when intelligence of German Forces on the Normandy Coast was acknowledged to be poor? Our new page on the Dieppe Raid will be ready by the 74th anniversary.
Steve is a retired photography teacher and now works as a military historian while living in East Sussex, England.