The Dieppe Raid: WW2

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    The Allied raid on Dieppe during World War Two is probably more ingrained on the minds of many Canadians than D-Day in Normandy is.

    This thread will contain almost 70 images - many that folks have seen and some that might be new.

    All text has been copy & pasted from Wiki (here) and that text will be contained in quotations. If not in quotations then it's my own text.


    "The Dieppe Raid, also known as the Battle of Dieppe, Operation Rutter during planning stages, and by its final official code-name Operation Jubilee, was an Allied attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe during the Second World War. The raid took place on the northern coast of France on 19 August 1942.

    The Dieppe landings were planned on six beaches: four in front of the town itself, and two to the eastern and western flanks respectively.

    From east to west, the beaches were code-named Yellow, Blue, Red, White, Green and Orange. No. 3 Commando would land on Yellow beach, the Royal Regiment of Canada on Blue .

    The main landings would take place on Red and White beaches by the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, the Essex Scottish Regiment, Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal, A Commando Royal Marines and the armour. The South Saskatchewan Regiment and the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada would land on Green beach, and No. 4 Commando on Orange."

    Set 1.

    1. The plan of attack.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-1-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    2. A pre-raid view of the beach where many of the Canadians soldiers would land.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-2-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    3. A modern day view of the landing beach from the top of a machine gun bunker.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-3-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    4. Same as above^. This modern day view from the inside of the same machine gun nest.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-4-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    5. Concrete bunker that housed German machine gunners overlooking the beach.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-5-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    6. On the other site of the beach, another bunker overlooks the main landing beach.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-6-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    7. Same ^.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-7-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    8. Steel-beam tank barricades and barbed wired: obstacles the Germans had put into place.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-8-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    9. This is, and much more, what was waiting for the Canadian and British as they landed on the beach.
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    "Over 6,000 infantrymen, predominantly Canadian, were supported by The Calgary Regiment of the 1st Canadian Tank Brigade and a strong force of Royal Navy and smaller Royal Air Force landing contingents. It involved 5,000 Canadians, 1,000 British troops, and 50 United States Army Rangers.

    Originally conceived in April 1942 by Combined Operations Headquarters and code named Operation Rutter, the Allies planned to conduct a major division-sized raid on a German-held port on the French Channel coast and to hold it for the duration of at least two tides, and to destroy enemy facilities and defenses before withdrawing.

    This plan was approved by the chiefs of staff in May 1942. It included British parachute units attacking German artillery batteries on the headlands on either side of the Canadians making a frontal assault from the sea.

    The parachute operation was later cancelled and instead No. 3 Commando and No. 4 Commando landed by sea and attacked the artillery batteries."

    Set 2.

    1. Canadian soldiers grouping into a landing craft.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-10-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    2. Various Allied support ships and they close in on Dieppe.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-13-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    3. Landing craft moving in on the Dieppe beach under heavy German artillery fire.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-14-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    4. An example of the mad rush to the beach (Canadians during Normandy in 1944)
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-15-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg
     
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    "Intelligence on the area was sparse: there were dug-in German gun positions on the cliffs, but these had not been detected or spotted by air reconnaissance photographers.

    The planners had assessed the beach gradient and its suitability for tanks only by scanning holiday snapshots, which led to an underestimation of the German strength and of the terrain.

    Of the nearly 5,000-strong Canadian contingent, 3,367 were killed, wounded or taken prisoner, an exceptional casualty rate of 68%.

    The 1,000 British Commandos lost 247 men.

    The Royal Navy lost one destroyer (HMS Berkeley) and 33 landing craft, suffering 550 dead and wounded.

    The RAF lost 106 aircraft to the 48 lost by the Luftwaffe. The German Army had suffered 591 casualties.

    Of the 50 US Army Rangers serving with different Commando units, six were killed, seven wounded, and four captured."

    Set 3. The Carnage & Aftermath

    1.
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    2.
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    3.
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    4.
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    5.
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    Set 4. The Carnage & Aftermath

    1. The planners of the raid had failed to notice the size of the rounded rocks on the beach.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-22-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    2. The Churchill Tanks lost their tracks and men could not get their footing.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-23-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    3.
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    4.
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    5.
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    Set 5. The Carnage & Aftermath

    1. Dead Canadians who had not even reached the beach.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-27-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    2. Some of the dead and wounded Canadian still lying on the beach.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-28-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    3.
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    4.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-30-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    5. A dead Canadian Captain.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-31-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg
     
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    Alright, time for a wee break. Back soon with more :).
     
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    Valiant effort by Canadian and British forces. The 3rd Reich were a lot of things, but not stupid. Slaves and concrete are cheap. I'm sure they had it guarded well.
     
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    The Allied generals (Brit and Canadian) had kept the target goal secret...but somehow word leaked about their target being "Dieppe." Those men who had'nt heard the news of the destination simply thought they were heading out on another training run.

    Needless to say, the Germans found out and they did what any defender would do: fortify, dig in and be ready. They knew that something was coming and that the target was Dieppe. That knowledge doomed the Allied landing forces before they even hit the beach.
     
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    Alot of research regarding the failed Dieppe invasion discovered that a man back in England was creating crossword puzzles for a newspaper.

    He used words such as "Dieppe", "Jubilee", and few other key words regarding the invasion. This was considered a possibility on how the German forces guarding Dieppe were tipped off.
     
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    "The losses at Dieppe were claimed to be a necessary evil. Mountbatten later justified the raid by arguing that lessons learned at Dieppe in 1942 were put to good use later in the war.

    He later claimed, "I have no doubt that the Battle of Normandy was won on the beaches of Dieppe. For every man who died in Dieppe, at least 10 more must have been spared in Normandy in 1944."

    In direct response to the raid on Dieppe, Winston Churchill remarked that, "My Impression of 'Jubilee' is that the results fully justified the heavy cost" and that it "was a Canadian contribution of the greatest significance to final victory.""

    Set 6. The Carnage & Aftermath

    1.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-32-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    2. Two men cut down infront of German barbed wire on the beach.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-33-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    3. Wounded Canadians on the beach.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-34-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    4.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-35-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    5. Upper left corner - 2 thin black lines: both were German machine gun nests.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-36-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg
     
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    Set 7. The Carnage & Aftermath

    1. This set and next few to floow are screen shots that I made from news footage.
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    2.
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    3.
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    4. Quality is poor but still manages to show the depth of the carnage.
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    5.
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    Set 8. The Carnage & Aftermath

    1.
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    2.
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    3.
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    4.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-45-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    5. Those who reached the beach head wall had no where to go...MG's on the left nad right cut them down.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-46-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg
     
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    "First-hand accounts and memoirs of many Canadian veterans who documented their experiences on the shores of Dieppe remark about the preparedness of the German defences as if they knew of the raid ahead of time, citing the fact that, for example, upon touching down on the Dieppe shore, the landing ships were immediately shelled with the utmost precision as troops began disembarking.

    The volume and tone of these accounts meant that a Canadian government report at the end of 1942 concluded that 'They seem to have had ample warning of the raid and to have made thorough preparations for dealing with it.'

    Commanding officer Lt. Colonel Labatt testified to having seen markers on the beach used for mortar practice, which appeared to have been recently placed."

    Set 9. The Carnage & Aftermath


    1. More men boxed up against the seawall...turkey shoot for the Germans on either side of them.
    ww2-the-dieppe-raid-operation-jubilee-47-Dieppe-France-aug-19-1942.jpg

    2.
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    3.
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    4.
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    5. One of the disabled Churchill tanks that lost a track in the stones: dead crewman beside it.
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    Still a few more sets to come before I close it up :)
     
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    Who knew that joining a Death Fan page would be so educational!! Great post. I love all the then and now pictures.
     
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    My grand father was there as a medic, he had to pick up his best friend who stepped on a mine..
     
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    My grandfather was also on the beach, unfortunately he was killed on it. In a fucked up twist, I am German on my Dad's side and French Canadian on my Mom's...
     
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