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The Dieppe Raid: The Story of the Disastrous 1942 Mission Hardcover – 27 Oct 2005

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; First Edition edition (25 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845131169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845131166
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 475,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robin Neillands' other acclaimed works of military history include The Bomber War, The Old Contemptibles, Eighth Army and The Battle of Normandy. He lives in Hampshire.


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Those who read military books will know of the term 'SNAFU' and Dieppe was a mother of all SNAFUs before the term was coined.

But this should not detract from the courage and sacrifice of the grunts. All through the history of warfare it has been the PBI that has been tasked with trying to rescue success from unworkable plans. It is still happening today as the news brings us comparable stories from Iraq and Afghanistan. We are saddened by the deprivations and loss of our troops but I cannot imagine how the news of Dieppe was greeted with its losses of WW1 proportions.

I comes to me that it would an interesting exercise for someone to re-enact Dieppe the way it should have been - with proper bomber/gunfire support, radios etc. But then as the author said, it was an inappropriate location for an op of this nature anyway. Then again maybe it would not have been wise to attack in Normandy; it could have compromised Overlord.

As this excellent book points out the operation was not a total disaster. Some of the units were able to achieve their allotted tasks - which was news to me as most coverage focuses on the disastrous main attack. I bought it - was given it as a present - after watching the Canadian movie which naturally is all about their units.

Anyway, I found the book to be at least as good as the others I have read and there are a lot of books about Dieppe. It ought to be good what with all the information now available - or is it? Finding the facts must have been an enormous task. But the author does not try to sew it all up in a neat conclusion because as he freely admits there may never be complete answers. There is still a lot of confusion about exactly who authorised the operation.
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The Dieppe Raid is one of World War II's most controversial military operations. In 1942, a full two years before D-Day, thousands of men, mostly Canadian troops eager for their first taste of battle, were sent across the Channel in a raid on the French port town of Dieppe. Air supremacy was not secured; the topography of the town and its surroundings - hemmed in by tall cliffs and steep beaches - meant any invasion was improbably difficult; the result was carnage, the beaches turned into killing grounds even as the men came ashore, and whole regiments literally decimated. Why was the Raid ever mounted? No-one appears to have had a clear answer, and no-one afterwards appeared to be clearly accountable, but posterity has been hard on individuals like Mountbatten, who were instrumental in its planning and the decision to go. Was the whole thing even, as has been darkly alleged, expected and even intended to fail, a cynical conspiracy to prove to the Americans, at the expense of so many Canadian lives, the impracticability of staging the Normandy landings for another two years? Now Robin Neillands goes behind the myths to tell what really happened, and why. Written in quite a dry, matter of fact way this is however an accurate account of that fateful operation in 1942...quite a depressing read as it is a factual account of what in my view is one of the worst allied disasters in ww2 and worse....it was totally avoidable!
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An incisive book with rare insight into this demanding aspect of the 2nd World War.
Detail combined with accurate telling of events make this a very readable and absorbing publication.
Useful for the history student and those interested in major events in WW2.
It has been my honour to have known a leading member of the Dieppe raid and they are featured in the book.
The events in Dieppe taught many lessons to the allied forces that formed the basis of the Normandy invasion and the eventual defeat of Hitler and the German war machine.
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I bought this book because I came across some of the beaches involved in the 1942 Dieppe raid on holiday. I could only recall sketchy details from a documentary that I saw many years ago. This book has filled the gaps for me.
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I read the book before I went to stay near Dieppe. When I visited one of the beaches described in the book it was so accurate and the emotions were so evocative that I cried there and then.
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