Re: WW I What ifs.T>

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To: ALL, From: JACK LINTHICUM Time: Wednesday, 8-15-7, 4:51
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On Aug 15, 3:45 pm, "David E. Powell" 
> On Aug 15, 1:28 pm, "Ray O\\'Hara"  wrote:
> > "William Black"  wrote in message
> >news:D%Dwi.15826$
> > > "Gernot Hassenpflug"  wrote in message
> > > They didn't intend staying.
> > > Same at Bruneval and St Nazaire.
> > > --
> > > William Black
> > at bruneval and st nazaire there was a purpose to the raids.
> > dieppe was ure insanity. but all were just raids and in no way are
> > to the brits cut& running like dunkirk or corunna or the duke of york's
> > disasterous campaign in the late 18th century.
> I always heard that Dieppe was to test methods, tactics etc. in
> attacking a port, to gather field data. As it went, things didn't go
> very well but that gave some intel for the Normandy planners. Whether
> that was a great idea to do it that way... that's something I could
> see your point on.

For a narrative, just about everything could go wrong did and the rest
was badly planned.

By early afternoon, Operation Jubilee was over. Conflicting
assessments of the value of the raid continue to be presented. Some
claim that it was a useless slaughter; others maintain that it was
necessary to the successful invasion of the continent two years later
on D-Day. The Dieppe Raid was closely studied by those responsible for
planning future operations against the enemy-held coast of France. Out
of it came improvements in technique, fire support and tactics which
reduced D-Day casualties to an unexpected minimum. The men who
perished at Dieppe were instrumental in saving countless lives on the
6th of June, 1944. While there can be no doubt that valuable lessons
were learned, a frightful price was paid in those morning hours of
August 19, 1942. Of the 4,963 Canadians who embarked for the operation
only 2,210 returned to England, and many of these were wounded. There
were 3,367 casualties, including 1,946 prisoners of war; 907 Canadians
lost their lives.

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