Dieppe – A Canadian Tragedy

11 11 2010
Dieppe was a horrendous loss of Canadian lives.
From http://www.rpi.edu/~fiscap/history_files/dieppe.htm

Operation Jubilee ended with drastic results: the allies counted 1,380 dead (913 Canadians), 1,600 wounded and over 2,000 taken prisoner. The air battle was just as devastating. The Royal Air Force lost 107 aircraft; more than any other one day battle that Britain was involved in. In contrast, the Germans only lost about forty aircraft. In the area of Dieppe, among the civilians, the count was 48 dead and 100 wounded. The Germans had 345 dead or missing and 268 wounded. Thus, in less than ten hours’ battle, almost 1,800 people lost their lives, which shows clearly the murderous intensity of the Battle of Dieppe.

Here are a few photos of Dieppe as it stands today with many Canadian memorials and its imposing cliffs.

Head to Head by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Killing Fields by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Les Fusiliers Mont Royal by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Rows upon Rows by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

More can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…7625237905365/

May we never forget the horrors of war!

At the Going Down of the Sun and in the Morning…

10 11 2010

We Shall Remember Them!

War is not glory. War means dying in some field or valley or on some ridge, often alone, wishing you had never come. War is horrifying and sad.

The people that fight the wars for our governments, so that we don’t have to, are brave and courageous.


American Cemetery at Normandie by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The Unknown German Soldier by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Words of Valour by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Omaha Beach by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Too Many Graves by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

More in the whole set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…7625352684670/

Some Birds from Reifel

4 11 2010

I’m still editing some of my other shots but I thought I’d share a few of the various beauties that I saw the other week:

1. Dowitcher – "I’m SURE I set that morsel down HERE"

Dowitcher by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

2. Golden-Crowned Sparrow – "Whatchyou talkin’ b’out Willis?"

Golden-Crowned Sparrow by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

3. Golden-Crowned Sparrow – "Does this angle make my butt look fat?"

Golden-Crowned Sparrow by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

4. Black-Crowned Night Heron – "Hey! What’s THAT doing in there?!!?"

Black-Crowned Night Heron by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

5. Black-Crowned Night Heron

Black-Crowned Night Heron by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

6. Snow Rising ???

Snow Geese by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

7. Snow Geese – The migration

Snow Geese by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

All shot with the 100-400 on a Canon 7D

Red Tailed Hawk vs. Northern Harrier – Dogfight!

1 11 2010

Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Delta BC, Canada

So, here was this poor Red Tailed Hawk just soaring around minding his own business.
Red Tailed Hawk

Next thing you know a Northern Harrier decided that he didn’t like Red in his area. What an aerial battle ensued. The Harrier continued to dive and attack the RTH while he worked to avoid the harassment. In shot #3 you can see the RTH has his head turned 180 to try to see the Harrier attacking from above. Classic dogfight!
RedTail vs Harrier

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