Saturday, August 19, 2006

On this day in 1942...

...British and Canadian forces attacked the port of Dieppe in France. Included in the raid were small contingents from several other countries, including fifty US Army Rangers.

Although a disaster, it provided valuable information that would be used in the planning of the D-Day invasion of 1944.

6 comments:

Heartless Libertarian said...

IIRC, the raid did suceed in disabling the drydock in the port, the only one on the Atlantic coast to accomodate the Tirpitz. This kept the Tirpitz in Norwegian waters for the rest of the war.

Heartless Libertarian said...

That would be the only drydock large enough to accomodate the Tirpitz.

Timmeeee said...

No, that was the British raid of St Nazaire. The raid was mounted by the British Combined Operations HQ. On the night of 27/28 March, a naval force and army commandos crossed the Channel. This preemptive strike was intended to deny the Germans of a dock big enough to service the German battleship Tirpitz. HMS Campbeltown, a US destroyer commanded by Lieutenant Commander SH Beattie, was disguised as a German MOWE class torpedo boat. She was filled with explosives to be detonated after the commandos and demolition squads (a total of 621 men) had done their work.
A total of 169 of the 621 men involved in the attack were killed. Five Victoria Crosses were awarded, along with 80 other medals.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/timeline/factfiles/nonflash/a1150787.shtml?sectionId=4&articleId=1150787

Timmeeee said...

If you want to learn about Dieppe:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/timeline/factfiles/nonflash/a1152244.shtml?sectionId=4&articleId=1152244

freddyboomboom said...

For easy to use links, try using the "a href" HTML tags...

Like:

This link for St Nazaire Raid

And this link for the the Dieppe Raid

freddyboomboom said...

If you're not familiar with the "a href" tag, look at this link and look at the "link something" tag.

Not trying to bust your chops, just trying to be handy...