Failure of Dieppe Essay

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Was Dieppe really a turning point in the war and a defining moment for Canada, or was it simply another battle lost to the Germans during the war? On August 19th, 1942, Canadian troops, along with groups of British and American soldiers, attacked the German-held seaport of Dieppe, located on French soil. Stories about the attack popped up everywhere in the times following the attack, outlining the happenings of this historical battle. This was an unnecessary raid between the Germans and Canada.The battle of Dieppe was a defining moment in Canadian history because the number of dead, wounded and captured did not justify the raid, the battle was poorly planned, and the raid should have been called off. The Battle of Dieppe was a test to see how the Germans would react to a frontal assault and to decide how to handle bigger invasions later on. The plan was to make a frontal assault on the town of Dieppe, which is across the English Channel on the coast of France. The raid on Dieppe gave the Allies a chance to test strategies and the handling of equipment for invasions from the sea. The Battle of Dieppe was a disaster for the Canadians. Nearly 1000 Canadians died and about 2000 were taken prisoner. The battle began on August 19, 1942, and the assault had only 6100 soldiers, about 5000 of which were Canadian. Canadian troops included the Royal Regiment of Canada, Black Watch, the South Saskatchewan Regiment, Cameron Highlanders of Canada, Essex Scottish Regiment, and several others. Each of these regiments and groups had a specific specialties and roles in this battle. The raid had a political objective as well as a military one. Stalin was pressing for a full scale cross Channel invasion in the Summer of 1942. US commanders believed the Allies would be ready in 1943, but Churchill believed both these dates were too early - the Germans were too strong, and a direct

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