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on 14 December 2011
"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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on 17 September 2015
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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on 31 January 2014
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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on 14 October 2013
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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on 20 April 2015
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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on 21 November 2012
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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on 25 February 2013
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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on 9 July 2013
A fascinating story that provides an interesting insight to a key point in WW2 history. There can be few RAF Flight Sergeants who experienced the sort of war that this man went through!
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on 22 July 2013
A very good tale of international cooperation between British and Canadian forces with a little French assistance. Also post war recognition.
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on 7 January 2016
A very thrilling book about a very brave man and of the very brave young man who took part in the dieppe disarter.
Well written
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