Bernard Montgomery has been charged with various sins
in connection with the Dieppe raid. He supposedly initiated the
change from a flank to a frontal assault; insisted that a Canadian
division take on the task; ordered that the assault be launched in
daylight instead of darkness; took the decision to proceed without
heavy bombing support; and, merely in reaction to the snub
of being removed from the chain of command, advised that the
operation be cancelled for all time. Others involved in the raid
have certainly shown little reluctance to blame Montgomery for
the plan's shortcomings, especially after Montgomery, in his
memoirs, criticized the planning and sought to absolve himself
of responsibility for it. But, as will be shown, most of their
claims are without foundation and originate in the post-raid
maneuverings by individuals and organizations to shift blame
away from themselves.
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Attached is a paper which may be of interest to those of you studying the Dieppe Raid; it is taken from the following publication Perspectives on Warfighting, Number 3, Selected Papers from the 1992 (59th Annual) Meeting of the Society for Military History which was hosted by the Command and Staff College of the Marine Corps University.
- The Dieppe Raid_ Montgomery's Role Reassessed.pdf
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