On August 19, 1942, just before dawn, Canadian and British troops attacked the German-held port of Dieppe in Normandy, in a full-scale rehearsal of D-Day.
The Allies learnt a lot from this raid, but at a terrible cost. Of a total of 6086 men who landed, 3623 were killed or grievously injured.
Almost nine years later on August 4, 1951, two English women were on a holiday near Dieppe, when they were awakened by the sound of gunpower. What transpired in the next three hours was like listening to a battle that had become trapped in time.
The women had heard an uncannily accurate repetition of the fateful events that had occured nine years prior! The accuracy of their account in comparison to the actual events was confirmed by military records.
The two women were sisters-in-law, and were holidaying in Puys, a seaside village near Dieppe; which had been one of the three landing points for the assault.
The following table compares the women’s description of the events of August 4, 1951, to the official Allied records of the battle that occurred nine years ago.
No one else in the area heard anything extraordinary. Although the two women had read accounts of the battle, a British Society for Psychical Research investigation in 1952 was satisfied that ‘the experience must be rated as a genuine psychic experience’.