A nun who became known as The “Angel of Dieppe,” for her heroic efforts in caring for WWII soldiers at the disastrous Battle of Dieppe, died at 103 years old.
Sister Agnès-Marie Valois of Canada, an Augustinian nun, was trained as a surgical nurse before the war. She passed away on April 19 at a monastery near Dieppe, France.
Her efforts and bravery during that dark battle are legendary and inspiring.
It was 1942. At that time northern France had fallen under the control of the Nazis. The Allies sought to change that by landing troops on the Normandy shoreline near Dieppe. It was called Operation Jubilee and was launched on Aug. 19, 1942.
5,000 of the 6,000 soldiers who were to take part in the invasion were Canadians. Most of the others were British with a smattering of American and French troops.
A Canadian general infamously said before the invasion, “Don’t worry, men. It’ll be a piece of cake.” It was not.