Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Aug

22

1942

Hitler struggles to understand purpose of Dieppe raid

The wounded were photographed as they lay on the beach.

A particular talking point was the mysterious British landings at Dieppe on 19 August. I have never been clear what the purpose of this operation was. Enemy commandos came ashore on heavily fortified beaches, and after suffering heavy casualties left twelve hours later. Hitler and Krancke examined the affair from all angles but neither could come up with a satisfactory explanation