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James Leasor - Green Beach - "One man - One mission...and one of the greatest true stories of courage during World War II"
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