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The Dieppe Raid (ePub)

The Combined Operations Assault on Hitler's European Fortress, August 1942

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By An Official History
Frontline Books
File Size: 32.5 MB (.epub)
Pages: 314
Illustrations: 32
ISBN: 9781526752925
Published: 9th September 2019


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Winston Churchill was under pressure. The Soviets felt that they were fighting the Germans by themselves. Stalin demanded that Britain should open a second front to draw German forces away from the east. Though the advice Churchill received from his staff was that an invasion of France would not be possible for at least another year, the British Prime Minister knew he had to do something to help the Russians.

The result was a large-scale raid upon the port of Dieppe. It would not be the second front that Stalin wanted, but at least it would demonstrate Britain’s intent to support the Soviets and it would be a useful rehearsal for the eventual invasion. Dieppe was chosen as it was thought that the success of any invasion would depend on the capture of a major port to enable heavy weapons, vehicles and reinforcements to be landed in support of the landing forces.

After an earlier postponement, the raid upon Dieppe, Operation Jubilee, was eventually scheduled for 19 August 1942. The assault was the most ambitious Allied attack against the German Channel defences of the war so far. Some 6,000 infantry, 237 naval vessels and seventy-four squadrons of aircraft were involved.

Though the debate surrounding Jubilee’s purpose and cost has raged in the years since the war, many vital and important lessons were learnt. All of these factors are covered in this official battle summary, a detailed and descriptive account of the Dieppe Raid, which was written shortly after the war and is based on the recollections of those who were involved.

The excruciating drama and truly heroic endeavour of the Dieppe Raid is captured clearly and dispassionately in this compelling official account.

The Naval Review – reviewed by Peter Sparkes, REAR ADMIRAL

As featured in

Despatches Autumn 2019

An extraordinary account of Churchill's response to Stalin's request for Britain to open a second front to draw the Germans away from Russia.

Books Monthly

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Mercator, January – February 2020

This book is based on the official Battle Summary No 33, providing an accurate report of the landings and the progress of the battle. The typical treatment since 1945 has been to describe the Dieppe Landings as an unmitigated disaster but this account places the landings and subsequent battle in its true perspective – Most Highly Recommended.

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The Dieppe Raid remains a fascinating subject to study, whether from books, documents, talking to the veterans or visiting the battlefield. If you want a deeper understanding of Dieppe and Operation Jubilee, this is definitely the book for you. Highly Recommended.

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Redcoat and Khaki

"This is a well presented valuable book that will be of considerable interest to those interested in amphibious warfare or how an operation was planned and executed during the Second World War."

Robert Bartlett, October 2019

"This is a well presented valuable book that will be of considerable interest to those interested in amphibious warfare or how an operation was planned and executed during the Second World War."

Robert Bartlett, October 2019

This book provides the reader with an insight into the minds of the men that controlled the progression of the war as regards operation Jubilee and the subsequent landings on D-Day. This provides a no holds barred breakdown of the operation and the aspects that failed and why, but it does turn around the opinion held by many that this raid was a total failure as it wasn’t and the mostly Canadian forces did not sacrifice themselves for nothing. A very interesting read that is written and presented in a brusk military style and that provides a great breadth and depth of information.

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This new book on the Dieppe Raid I found to be one of the most interesting I have seen on the subject... A marvellous reference of this famous raid packed with factual information that should be great for anyone interested in the history of allied assaults on Hitler's Fortress Europe.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

That the Dieppe Raid was a failure is accepted but this book places it as a necessary step to the successful assault on Normandy. Learning curve says that it was necessary to fail to succeed but one still has to question that an assault on a port with a shingle beach with the inherent problems of the defender enjoying internal lines of supply was really necessary. But perhaps then politics needed to be guided by a managed failure in order to gain focus and traction on delivering success when the main invasions followed. A good book, well researched with a very large series of Appendices which in fact number well over half the book. These are excellent sources for anybody wanting a deeper understanding of Dieppe and Operation Jubilee.

Michael McCarthy. Battlefield Guide

Michael McCarthy

About An Official History

An official account prepared for the War Office at the end of the Second World War.

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