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VINE VOICEon 6 August 2012
The real weakness of this kindle book is the lack of any maps. Whilst the author's descriptive writing is rather good, it's still very difficult to visualise the area of 4 Commando's action or its relationship to the main action in Dieppe. Though written from the point of view of the British (and the token, PR-driven presence of a handful of US allies) the narrative covers the Germans involved in some depth as well. There is too much stereotyping for my liking (chirpy Cockneys, dour Scotsmen, aristoctratic born-leaders, etc; they all put in an appearance), but one does get a real sense of ordinary men doing extraordinary things.
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on 15 March 2013
This is an excellent history of a small unit action set in the wider context of the war, and well explained for those not steeped in military history or the second world war.

The author starts with setting the background, explaining the grand sweep of the war and the events that lead to the formation of the commandos in mid-1940 and then a high-level overview of the commando training and the early operations so that you understand what commandos are all about, and the strategic context that lead to the assault on Dieppe in late summer 1942.

The build up to the attack is well covered, based heavily on the account by the embedded journalist that accompanied 4 Commando. After that the assault narrative splits into two, one for each of the groups that landed, and based on a mixture of accounts and interviews with various survivors of the operation.

The only thing that would make this book better would be a set of maps that you could see where the action took place.
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on 20 March 2013
This is the story of a part of the disastrous Dieppe raid that was successfully carried out by a small but dedicated and very brave group of men.
It reads like an exciting novel,but is fact, which makes it all the more interesting.
The author covers the background of the participants and the operation itself in excellent detail whilst keeping the story moving.
The description of the battle is very vivid and informative.
I found the concluding chapters covering the aftermath and the accounts of the locals particularly useful.
Highly recommended.
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on 25 July 2012
A well researched and very easily readable book on an aspect of WWII history not readily covered elsewhere. Would recommend.
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on 25 October 2013
The book was very informative and interesting.
I would recommend to anyone interested in military history. A bit short maybe and would of been good to here some personal accounts of the main landings.
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on 5 January 2014
This isn't a detailed study of the complete disaster that was the Dieppe raid, but of supporting Commando raids that were carried out with huge professionalism, courage and success.
I knew nothing about this aspect of the raid, despite having visited Dieppe and its surroundings several times.
You sit in awe and admiration at the nature of the brave men that became Commandos and accepted their prospective depth with incredible fortitude.
I really enjoyed this book.
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on 8 November 2012
This is a well researched book that uses information gleaned from soldiers who took part in the operation. It mostly gives a comprehensive description of the successful Commando operation to silence a gun battery near Dieppe but also gives excellent answers for the reasons for the main 'raid in force' of Dieppe in 1942 being carried out, and its failure.
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on 9 November 2013
I got rather lost in the extended detail of what unit was where and who commanded what in the raid. Basically I wanted to get to the nitty gritty rather than hovering around the structural peripheries of the subject.
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on 18 January 2013
Very informative read although it did jump about a little at times. Nice to read about the successful action that took place at Dieppe rather that the normal doom and gloom historians view of the Dieppe raid.
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on 20 June 2012
This book is well researched and offers the reader a detailed insight into this disastrous episode of the second world war. It focuses on the units that managed to achieve their objectives despite immense difficulties. This is a fascinating read and is another great book by author Mr Fowler!
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