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On This Day… The Dieppe Raid

Written by: George Chittenden : 29 Jul 2019

It was on this day, 19th August back in 1942 when Allied forces launched a disastrous assault on the German occupied port of Dieppe in France. The raid was codenamed Operation Jubilee and it was undertaken because at that stage in the war Germany were operating deep in the Soviet Union, and the Russians were encouraging the Allies to assist them by opening up a second front in north-west Europe. The raid was launched from five different ports between Southampton and Newhaven in England.

The Allied forces consisted of around 5,000 Canadians, 1,000 British troops and 50 U.S Rangers. The attack on Dieppe began at 4.50 am. The entire assault lasted around ten hours before Allied commanders called a retreat due to loss of life. Out of the 6,086 men who made it ashore, 3,623 were killed, wounded, or captured. The Royal Air Force lost 106 aircraft and the Royal Navy lost 33 landing craft and one destroyer. The only positive thing to come out of the disastrous raid was the fact that it provided invaluable lessons for the successful D-Day invasion in 1944.

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