Was the Dieppe raid a success or failure? The quick answer is a failure, but only if one's interpretation is based on the events of 19th August alone. A wider view is expressed by the more knowledgeable folks than I of the prestigious Canadian Juno Beach Centre. The last paragraph reads: "The true meaning of the sacrifices made at Dieppe was made obvious two years after this ill-fated date, when on D-Day the Allies gained a foothold in Europe to free the continent from Nazi aggression.” With all due respect Gerry, I have yet to meet a single Dieppe veteran who believes that to be true. They regard it as the party line spoken soon after the raid in order to cover Mountbatten's battered reputation and later to calm the angry vets of the operation. I'm also quite sure that 5,000 casualties were not required in order to discover that the Churchill could climb a hill. Sorry if that sounds curt but I've come to believe that the so called 'lessons' justification is more of a political rather than a military theory. Established military doctine and basic common sense can account for most of what has been claimed to have been learned at Dieppe. As the saying goes, "Success has many fathers and failure is an orphan". In this case, since the planners could not deny paternity they tried to put lipstick on a pig.