posted on Jun, 26 2011 @ 07:35 PM
I have studied WWII because both my father and uncle were quite involved and I would have to say that one of the most, if not THE most "turning
point" battles would have to be the Dieppe Raid, which, in fact, was a battle we lost miserably. But because of this terrible loss, we learned more
valuable lessons than we ever could have otherwise and ultimately led to the defeat of the German forces. My uncle Tom McQuaid was a P.O.W. of Dieppe,
but I'm not just saying this about the raid to assuage any fear that he went through all that he went through for naught. This is the opinion of many
who fought there.
No major objectives of the raid were accomplished. A total of 3,623 of the 6,086 men (almost 60%) who made it ashore were either killed, wounded, or
The Battle of Dieppe was a test for the full-scale invasion of western Europe. The plan was to make a frontal assault on the town of Dieppe, across
the English Channel on the coast of France. The raid on Dieppe would give the Allies a chance to test techniques and equipment for landing troops from
the sea. The Battle of Dieppe was a disaster for the Canadians. Nearly 1000 Canadians died and nearly 2000 were taken prisoner.
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 that 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.