john HOOD OSA
contemporary oil paintings

"Portrait of Colonel Merritt VC (75th Anniversary of Operation Jubilee, the Dieppe Raid, August 19th, 1942)"

Oil on Canvas - 30" x 60"

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"Portrait of Colonel Merritt VC (75th Anniversary of Operation Jubilee, the Dieppe Raid, August 19th, 1942)"

This painting commemorates the 75th anniversary of Operation Jubilee, the disastrous raid on Dieppe, August 19th, 1942 in which Canadian and British soldiers, sailors and aircrews made a very gallant effort in the face of impregnable and heavily manned & fortified German positions at this French coastal town.

It was the single greatest day loss in casualties in the history of the Canadian armed forces and came at the halfway point in the 150 years since Canadian confederation. The extremely costly lessons learned at Dieppe proved decisive in contributing to the allied victory on D-Day at Normandy in 1944.

Colonel Charles Cecil Ingersoll Merritt, featured at left, was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest honour a Canadian could then receive, for his conspicuous valour and devotion in organizing resistance to the last and covering the withdrawal of those troops who were able to embark to safety. Colonel Merritt survived the war.

Also depicted at foreground right among the collage of images showing events of that day, interpreted from period photographs, is Generalleutnant Konrad Hasse who commanded German 302 Infanterie-Division at Dieppe.

This work is in the collection of Veterans Affairs Canada and presently is displayed in the atrium of their head office in Charlottetown, PEI.