Monday, November 9, 2015

Articles re Combined Operations - Why Dieppe?

Canada in the Second World War

"Part of the assault fleet gathered for Operation Jubilee"
Photo credit - DND / National Archives of Canada, 

Depending on who you ask, you will hear dozens of different opinions concerning the worthiness or effectiveness of the Dieppe Raid, also known as Operation Jubilee. An online article entitled 'The Dieppe Raid' enters bravely into the fray. In it we will read the following and much more:

     Why Dieppe?

     In 1942, the Combined Operations Headquarters had good reasons for

     attempting a raid on Dieppe: on the eastern front a decisive battle was
     pitching the advancing German troops against the resistance of the Red
     Army and the Russian people. Stalin asked Churchill and Eisenhower to
     help the USSR by opening up a Western front in continental Europe, to
     prevent Hitler from throwing all the might of his armies against the Soviets.
     As a result, Great Britain planned a series of major raids against German
     defence installations along the Channel. Only one such operation was
     actually conducted: Dieppe.

     The Allies’ long-term goal was to get a foothold on the continent and set
     up a bridgehead from where ground forces could move into Europe. But
     before it could attempt a large-scale landing, the Combined Operations
     Headquarters had to test some of its assumptions in real action. Would it
     be possible to capture a fortified seaport large enough to be used after-
     wards by invading troops, and that, without destroying its infrastructures?

Citation - Landry, Pierre. “The Dieppe Raid” Juno Beach Centre. The Juno Beach Centre Association, 2003. [Date Accessed]. <>

Please link to the full article at The Dieppe Raid

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