on 5 August 2013
To say that Dieppe was the Greatest Air Battle ignores the massive Air Battles of the US Eighth Airforce versus the Luftwaffe over Germany. However it was the largest air battle since the Battle of Britain. The book describes the involvement of a large number of British Squadrons mainly fighters in trying to provide air cover over the beaches and sea around Dieppe. It showed the delayed response from the German Fighters at first, though eventually they sent all available to the area. The response of the German Bombers was even slower. The book with its illustrations and analysis of losses is a very good read for anyone interested in the Battle. Sadly the RAF figure of enemy losses were very inaccurate and the propaganda at the time claiming that the RAF had a resounding victory were way off the mark. My only disappointment was the very limited amount from the German side. What and when did the Germans realise the major scale of the RAF air operation, What did their pilots feel as they were drawn in from the surrounding area. The Allies did learn that they needed overwhelming Air Superiority to cover an invasion over beaches, which they achieved at D-day, However all in all a very interesting book.
on 14 January 2011
So glad to find a book deditcated to our brave men in both Bomber and Fighter Command during this dreadfull raid the RAF lost 100 aircraft,the Luftwaffa 50 in just 16 hours.
well writen with great detail and surprized to read a relation gets a mention too.
256 page's a super appendix.
on 14 November 2010
Dieppe, the greatest air raid, is a very good book, hour by hour of the squadron deployed, its missions and combat claims and losses. Truly a well researched book, enjoyable to read but a bit exhausting if you read it too fast (Like Brian Cull books). I missed howewer, a counterpart on Luftwaffe reports, to have a more balanced vision of the raid. Truly Recommneded.