August 19, 1942 : Allies raid Dieppe

Introduction

During World War II, an Allied force of 7,000 men carry out a large daytime raid against German positions at the French seaport of Dieppe. Aided by tanks and aircraft, the commando force–made up of approximately 5,000 Canadians, 2,000 British soldiers, and a handful of American and Free French troops–gained a foothold on the beach in the face of a furious German defense. During nine hours of fighting, the Allies failed to destroy more than a handful of their targets and suffered the death of 3,600 men. More than 100 aircraft, a destroyer, 33 landing craft, and 30 tanks were also lost. Despite its high costs, the Dieppe raid provided valuable logistical information later used in planning the successful 1944 Allied landing at Normandy.

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August 19, 1942 : Allies raid Dieppe

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2010

  • Title

    August 19, 1942 : Allies raid Dieppe

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/allies-raid-dieppe

  • Access Date

    November 19, 2017

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    A+E Networks