Since I got my Passport on Saturday, I decided to cross over into Windsor on Sunday. It was my first time going into Canada since well before 9/11. So I got stopped at the border and was asked a few questions. Then they had me go into the Customs office where they asked me some more questions. Since I told them I was over to do some photographing, they asked why and I told them about my blog. Given that there was a hit from Ottawa at about that time, I'm sure they checked out my blog, so I hoped they enjoyed it. Then they let me go. I guess it wasn't too bad and almost expected in this day and age. I just hope it gets easier as I go over more.
The Dieppe Raid was conceived by Lord Mountbatten as a large scale commando raid. It would consist of 5,000 Canadians, 1,000 Brits and 50 US Rangers. The group was supposed to attack and hold the port of Dieppe for at least 2 tidal cycles. It was approved in May of 1942. Originally, Airborne troops were supposed to land and take the inland artillery pieces but that was switched to seaborne commandos.
It was also supposed to include substantial Naval support but that was nixed because the British didn't want to risk its ships against what might have been significant German Air Cover. The attack was also going in blind and the Germans had a pretty idea of what was coming because of French double agents and the monitoring of radio traffic.
To say the raid didn't go well would be an understatement. Of the 5,000 Canadian troops landed, 3,300 were either captured or killed. Initially the criticism was laid at the fact they were inexperienced but it was later concluded that even experienced troops would have had a hard time. Planning on the part of the Allies was minimal. Support was minimal and those troops were basically killed for no reason.
Lord Mountbatten would later justify this as a learning experience for Normandy but there were plenty of other landings that were better learning experiences. The raid also gave the Germans a pretty good shot in the arm.
I guess one of the key factors was that Field Marshall Montgomery looked at the plans and didn't like them.
The CBC had a pretty good special on this raid a few years ago. If you get a chance, check it out.
Well, I had a pretty good time in Windsor even though I didn't stay long. Crossing back into the United States wasn't too bad, so I plan on coming back to Canada more often.