Ok, that's kind of a clickbait title, I apologize for that, but I wonder if it's true. The Dieppe anniversary and reading about some Canadians in Normandy got me thinking about this: In WW2 there was a government policy that our troops were not to be committed piecemeal to any theatre. This led to Canadian troops being stationed in Britain for a long time without any being deployed to North Africa. It also led to the army jumping at the opportunity of Dieppe to put some of the restless troops into battle. If it hadn't been for this restlessness, it's unclear to me whether Canadian troops would have been involved at all. The other issue is to the degree to which Canadian troops deployed in Normandy were still "green", both individual soldiers and most of the officers. In retrospect this feels like a mistake. Undoubtedly if we had gotten involved in the war in North Africa there would have been losses. But they might have been outweighed by fewer tactical errors in Normandy. Possibly this is an unanswerable question.