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'Green Beach has blown the lid off one of the Second World War's best-kept secrets' -- Daily Express

'Green Beach is a vivid, moving and at times nerve-racking reconstruction of an act of outstanding but horrific heroism' -- Sunday Express

About the Author

James Leasor was one of the bestselling British authors of the second half of the 20th Century. He wrote over 50 books including a rich variety of thrillers, historical novels and biographies. His works included the critically acclaimed The Red Fort, the story of the Indian Mutiny of 1957, The Marine from Mandalay, Boarding Party (made into the film The Sea Wolves starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Roger Moore), The Plague and the Fire, and The One that Got Away (made into a film starring Hardy Kruger). He also wrote Passport to Oblivion (which sold over 4 million copies around the World and was filmed as Where the Spies Are, starring David Niven), the first of nine novels featuring Dr Jason Love, a Somerset GP called to aid Her Majesty's Secret Service in foreign countries, and another bestselling series about the Far Eastern merchant Robert Gunn in the 19th century. There were also sagas set in Africa and Asia, written under the pseudonym Andrew MacAllan, and tales narrated by an unnamed vintage car dealer in Belgravia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 895 KB
  • Print Length: 199 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1908291109
  • Publisher: James Leasor Limited (9 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00502B8B8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #205,423 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"What and where was 'Green Beach'? Why did one man land there in Canadian Army uniform when he was neither a Canadian nor a soldier, under security conditions so strict that no one was told his name? 'Green Beach' was the code name for Pourville, a small seaside town near Dieppe where, on 19 August 1942, Canadian and British troops landed in Operation Jubilee, an essential rehearsal for the D-Day landings two years later. Jubilee Force, six thousand strong, had been set sixteen special objectives; target 13 was to discover the importance and accuracy of a German radar station on the cliff-top just outside the town. The man in Canadian uniform was a British radar expert who had volunteered for this assignment: Jack Maurice Nissenthall, an RAF flight sergeant from Bow, in East London. What happened to him and his bodyguard in Jubilee's fearful nine hours of fighting on the sun-burned beaches is one of the war's strangest episodes, a story of heroism and ironic humour; one man's determination to pay a debt of honour to the country which had given his parents a home."

"If I had been aware of the orders given to the escort to shoot him rather than let him be captured, I would have cancelled them immediately." - LORD MOUNTBATTEN

"Green Beach has blown the lid off one of the Second World War's best-kept secrets." - DAILY EXPRESS

"This is not just another war book. It's a unique record of a unique event. And James Leasor tells it in great style." - EVENING ECHO

"Green Beach is a vivid, moving and at times nerve-racking reconstruction of an act of outstanding but horrific heroism." - SUNDAY EXPRESS

"Makes excellent reading..." - DAILY TELEGRAPH
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A book I simply couldn't put down. I now see the horrifying Dieppe raid in a completely different light. A story of one man's bravery to discover German radar knowledge. Quite remarkable.
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I had heard and read articles of the Deippe raid but was totally unaware of one of its most important aims, to gain access to the secrets of the German radar. A very good read.
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A real 'don't put down'er that gives an excellent 1st hand account of a particularly important intelligence gathering aspect of the raid. For anyone who already knows the outcome of the raid you might feel it will be like watching another Titanic movie but as you get to know the characters in the beginning of the book you'll find yourself willing them on to survive as the raid unfolds. Great read - held my interest from page one and you will be googling stuff for ages after reading it to answer - did that really happen?
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The overall account is gripping but let down by detail and bad proof reading. This in turn leads one to suspect all details. If I hadn't watched a TV programme on this raid then I would think that a lot of the facts were in fact fiction.
As for the 'pulling a grenade pin out by his teeth' description.... almost ruined the whole read for me.
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Yet another one of James Leasors books, - They are all really good reads, - Well researched, well written, facinating stories, and he really breathes life in to history, - It's as if you are there, and are a part of the events!!
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Gripping heroism. But spoilt by the large number of typographic errors (in the 2015 edition I have); the lack of any maps and plans; and no exact description of the number and type of vessels in the invasion force.
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