Dieppe

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Dieppe

Joined: January 2nd, 2004, 8:58 pm

August 11th, 2012, 3:27 am #1

I know that there are mixed feelings of those who frequent this site about the Dieppe raid. However, I noticed this and thought it would be of interest to some of you. Sunday this coming weekend, some of us will be taking pause ...
http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/08/09/vindicating-dieppe/

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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

August 11th, 2012, 9:05 pm #2

I note that a small contingent from my regiment will be heading overseas to take part in the official Canadian commemoration; not bad, considering only our mortar platoon took part in the actual raid. I expect those regiments that took part will have larger contingents.

I was gratified to have the opportunity to visit the battlefield two summers ago, as well as the cemetery, and it gives a perspective that no amount of photographs or video can impart.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

August 11th, 2012, 9:12 pm #3

I know that there are mixed feelings of those who frequent this site about the Dieppe raid. However, I noticed this and thought it would be of interest to some of you. Sunday this coming weekend, some of us will be taking pause ...
http://www2.macleans.ca/2012/08/09/vindicating-dieppe/

Dan
As to the Maclean's article/television show - without seeing the show, I don't know that there is a lot new in general terms. Books like GREEN BEACH have been in print for 40 or more years that have played up some of the more sensational parts of the raid, such as the "radar expert" that landed with the South Saskatchewan Regiment, ordered to take German radar secrets back to England. So valuable was the information he had in his head, his escort had orders to kill him rather than let him fall into enemy hands - so the story goes. There were other specialists tasked on the main beaches to capture German landing craft to take back to England for evaluation - which if I recall correctly, would probably have been disappointing as I seem to recall the German "landing craft" were really just flat-bottomed Rhine River barges. There were other missions as well, such as the seizure of a German divisional HQ.

If there is additional information in the television program, it will naturally be of interest. Brian-Loring Villa has already presented his contentious theory that news of the raid may have been leaked deliberately, and that Mountbatten executed the raid without the permission of his superiors.

No shortage of theories, it seems.
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