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Resourced in super fine detail
on 4 June 2014
Sadly the presentation of the super fine detail creates a somewhat less than riveting read. Principle characters were killed during the operation so Ashdown builds a character picture around very bare frame, number, rank and name, and then date of birth and home address. It is as exciting as reading someone else's family history research.
Some of the details of the daily pre-operation routine are as boring as only a personal single line diary entry can be.
That said, he uncovers the lack of liaison between SOE and Combined Operations in England whose incompetence was easily exceeded by that of the Germans on the other. On a military scale the operation was expensive with rather mundane results - a number of small holes in a few ships that were repaired in a few weeks. He seeks to claim a strategic result but that is difficult to sustain as we gained no propaganda benefit.
So a good assemblage of historical sources but a riveting read it is not.