Dieppe Failure

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The rocky shores of Dieppe, France, are littered with soldiers’ bodies, ruthlessly shot down by the Germans. The Nazis have been dominating European countries, which drove the Allies to take action- they raid Dieppe on August 19, 1942. The troops that volunteered to go on the perilous journey `consist of about 5000 Canadians, 1000 British Commandos, and 50 American Rangers, a mere 6050 men overall. They were led by Major-General J.H. Roberts, the military force commander, Captain J. Hughes-Hallett, the naval force commander, and Marshal T.L. Leigh-Mallory, the air force commander. Their plan was to attack four minor points at dawn, and a main assault at Dieppe by the Canadians. But the operation results in a terrible failure, which ultimately provides them lessons and experience for the future invasion in Normandy. Since the Allies’ plan failed, there must have been factors that contributed to their defeat. The three major factors that caused the troops to be unsuccessful were the environmental conditions, limited communication, and the lack of bombardment during the raid. The topography, weather, and time of day were key players in foiling the Allies’ scheme. Almost every location on France’s coast certainly has up to two…show more content…
The cliffs lining the French beaches were guarded by Germans that pelleted the Allied troops, while the shale caused the tanks to slip, and the daylight ruining the surprise attack. Furthermore, the restricted communication caused misunderstandings and the small amount of information had the Allies clueless and helpless to their settings and finally, bombardment should have been available along with strengthened ships, long-ranged weapons, and as much silence as possible while sailing across the waters. Gladly, the Allies learned their lesson after this experience and were prepared to win a victory at
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