19th August 1942: Allies launch army, navy and air force raid on Dieppe

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Written by Misiek on 18th August 2010 at 14:48pm
19th August 1942: Allies launch army, navy and air force raid on Dieppe

Tomorrow in 1942 is a significant date in the Second World War as it marks the end of the single largest combined army, navy and air force strike up to that point. The strike happened at Dieppe in France and ended after 9 hours of intense combat.


Tomorrow in 1942 is a significant date in the Second World War as it marks the end of the single largest combined army, navy and air force strike up to that point. The strike happened at Dieppe in France and ended after 9 hours of intense combat.

 

The then Combined Operations Headquarters issued the following statement at the time:

 

"Vital experience has been gained in the employment of substantial numbers of troops in an assault, and in the transport and use of heavy equipment during combined operations".

 

The assault was codenamed Operation Jubilee containing mainly Canadians, and supported by large Royal Navy and Royal Air Force teams. 3,623 of the 6,086 men who made it ashore suffered fatalities, injury or capture. The event didn’t achieve very much at the time but was used as a lesson so that the Normandy Landings would be a success. Without that day the success of the D-Day landings may never have happened.  

 

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