phylo_roadking wrote:Apart from the fact that Dieppe was a totally impractical target for an actual invasion, and one would never have been attempted there, you mean??? Limited beachfront, impossible to get tanks up, cliffed headlands on each flank...
Fantastic issues to be considered before
dumping 10,000 braves into the firepit. The relative isolation, along the coast of Dieppe is a big plus, on the other hand. As such one simply needed (from a July 1942 perspective) to apply the barbaric WWI philosophy, "throw in more troops than the enemy can kill".
However, as "no battle plan survives contact with the enemy"
, the ways in which the germans killed the battlepland, ergo what one NEEDED to do, of course some infantry/armor troops - wise*, but more importantly air-support and ship fire-support -wise was indeed found at Dieppe.
As Runstedt put it [the enemy] will not do it like this a second time!
However, if germans pull a mega-Dieppe against some GB effort of 1943, or some sort of Dodecanese Campaign three times larger, the conditions for a ceasefire might be reached.
and not a "periphery"
So peripheral it is ... not that one of Winny's "special" half-assed peripheral actions couldn't end in an utter debacle
P.S. don't forget the successful Allied amphibious "invasion" in 1940
Nibbling at the edges with land attacks, while pouncing deep into the Reich lands with streams/swarms of Avro and Boeing bombers is probably the ticket.
But it doesn't actually finish the war - not until/unless Hitler makes/is forced to make his inevitable mistake and head East...not without an actual break-in back onto the Continent and defeating the Wehrmacht.
So there'd be some sort of ceasefire signed '43-'44, and the Reich would be left to rot in its concrete "Atlantikwall" coffin.
*the troops did enter the city and the commandos did by in large succeed in their flank actions.
Nobody expects the Fallschirm! Our chief weapon is surprise; surprise and fear; fear and surprise. Our 2 weapons are fear and surprise; and ruthless efficiency. Our *3* weapons are fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency; and almost fanatical devotion