The Dieppe Raid: The Story of the Disastrous 1942 Mission Hardcover – 27 Oct 2005
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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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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.Read more ›
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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Good balanced account detailing the unbelievable amateurism that led to catastrophe that was Operation JubileePublished 21 months ago by MMHS
I am a battlefield guide and this book is excellent for the Dieppe raid. It arrived on time, well pack and was what I expected. Thank you. JWPublished on 20 Mar. 2014 by Brigadier Johnny Walker
For a historian of Mr Neillands reputation and having read and enjoyed a number of his earlier books I was to be disappointed. Read morePublished on 31 May 2010 by S. Pegge
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