I have read most of the books about the ill fated Dieppe raid but this one is by far the most comprehensive and detailed. It is written by a Canadian whose previous outstanding books about the Canadian Army in Italy, I have read. The author gives a detailed analysis of the planning for the Dieppe raid and the supposed reasons behind it. Until I read this book I had not realised that the operation had been called off once and the same plan re-instituted later. The author paints a very vivid picture -harrowing at times - of the fighting from the soldiers point of view and he relies on many eye witness accounts as well as official records. I have been so impressed with this book, as well as those he wrote on the Italian campaign (highly recommended by the way) that I have bought all his books on the Canadian Army involvement in the NW Europe fighting from Juno Beach onwards through the Holland campaign and into Germany. If you only read one book about the Dieppe raid, this should be it!
I have read five other books by the author and his style is fast passed and easy to read. For the parts covering the planning and reasons for the raid, together with the actions of the Canadian ground forces during the raid the book is reasonable. By mostly using the words taken from the reports of returning soldiers he crafts a solid narrative, but unfortunately considering the time that has elapsed since the raid, these reports are used without comment. This allows questionable 'facts' to be repeated, such as the somewhat outlandish claims of Sgt Dubuc of the Fusiliers Mont Royal (including his 'mini-submarines) or the 75% casualties suffered by the Essex Scottish Regiment in the first few minutes since landing.
However the book biggest failing is when it discusses the naval and air force contributions. Details of the naval force are limited and confused and throughout the book the author mixes up the landing craft types, with LCA/LCM/LCP's being incorrectly listed on too many occasions to mention. Considering that it was combined raid, with significant naval and air force support, this omission leaves the book far from complete.
A readable book it is, but the definitive one on the Dieppe raid it is not.