Some historians insist that Dieppe was a monumental blunder - The War Amps takes more positive view



    OTTAWA, Aug. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - A positive view of the lessons of Dieppe
seems essential if future generations are to understand the full benefit of
the ill-fated raid on the French town of Dieppe which took place on August 19,
1942.
    This was the statement released today by Cliff Chadderton, CEO of The War
Amps and Chairman of the National Council of Veteran Associations (56 member
organizations), in response to many negative comments in some media that
Dieppe was merely a monumental political and tactical blunder.
    Chadderton produced a documentary, re-released this week, titled Dieppe:
Don't Call It a Failure. The documentary cites a number of lessons learned in
Dieppe which were essential to a successful landing 22 months later at Juno
Beach in Normandy. Chadderton was part of that force as a company commander
with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles.
    He enumerated at least seven improvements in strategy and combat
technique which were essential to a successful invasion which required the
Canadian 3rd Division, with supporting arms, to dislodge the heavily armed
defences of the Atlantic Wall, manned by German SS and other crack troops of
the German Army.
    Chadderton listed the results of studies done which showed there was a
strong positive side to the troops, most of which were Canadians. These
included newly-developed rockets to add to the artillery support from landing
craft.
    Other hard-won lessons of Dieppe included the need for increased air
cover by American, British and Canadian bombers and fighters. As well, the
naval support even saw battleships, whereas Dieppe was carried out with the
fire power of only a small number of destroyers. Chadderton cited the dismal
story of our tanks which could not penetrate the defences known as the
Atlantic Wall.
    "In the D-Day landings, ordinary tanks had been replaced by what were
known as 'Ducks' which were tanks with the capability of floating, to ensure a
successful landing," he stated.
    "Finally," Chadderton said, "as a brainchild of Sir Winston Churchill, we
had the artificial harbour called a 'Mulberry' which was constructed in
England, and which consisted of obsolete vessels sunk in a protective screen
around the landing area and supplemented by floating barges which could bring
tanks, trucks and other equipment ashore."
    Part of The War Amps Military Heritage Documentary Series, Dieppe: Don't
Call It a Failure is available in both English and French (DVD or VHS) at a
cost recovery price of $12 by using E-ZEE ACCESS: call toll-free
1-800-250-3030, fax toll-free 1-800-219-8988 or visit www.waramps.ca.




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For further information: please call Communications at 1 877 60MEDIA or
e-mail communications@waramps.ca. After office hours, Cliff Chadderton can be
reached by calling (613) 731-7170 until 11:00 p.m. EST or by faxing (613)
731-2487


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