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Jaws2002
07-21-2006, 09:49 AM
Those poor Canadians, they never had a chance. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif


http://www.collectionscanada.ca/dieppe/053402_e.html

Haigotron
07-21-2006, 10:10 AM
Would you agree Dieppe was an experiment for the allies before Normandie?

If so, I feel like our soldiers were used...

faustnik
07-21-2006, 10:20 AM
Here's an article on the Dieppe air battle:

http://fw190.hobbyvista.com/dieppe.htm

Xiolablu3
07-21-2006, 11:23 AM
Originally posted by Haigotron:
Would you agree Dieppe was an experiment for the allies before Normandie?

If so, I feel like our soldiers were used...

I know what you mean, Haigo, but they were meant to attack and get away again, its not like they were supposed to just be left there.

The idea was to see if they could make an attack on the coast and get away again without too much trouble.

Unfortunatly, the defenses were much heavier than was thought and things went wrong very quickly.

The Brtish commandos did a similar raid just before Dieppe to steal Radar technology and pulled it off, so it wasnt impossible. On 27 February 1942, a succesful commando raid was made on the radar station at Bruneval, North-East of Le Havre.

Deippe was just an unfortunate incident, there were many losses in that operation, but they learned a lot about the stregnth of German defences so it wasnt a waste of time. In hindsight, a better raid would have been a smaller one, under cover of darkness like the commando raid, as the tanks were useless, they got stuck on the shingle which meant the poor soldiers were left without armour support.

Sad episode, but not a total waste, much of the lessons learned were used for Normandy 1944. It showed that a landing needed MUCH more planning, and that it could not possibly be launched in 1943 if it was sure to succeed.