BOOK OF THE MONTH
EVERYTHING you need to know about a raid that went down in history as a ‘disaster’ is all here within the covers of this gripping new study by a historian noted for his dedication to revealing hidden truths.
Former war correspondent Patrick Bishop, who has 19 prominent military history titles to his name, has again excelled. He uses first-hand accounts and recently declassified material to bring to life each stage of Operation Jubilee: the Dieppe Raid of August 19, 1942.
More than 6,080 mostly Canadian infantry, supported by Churchill tanks, arrived ashore as RAF fighters flew overhead. But by 9am, the greatest amphibious operation since Gallipoli had turned to carnage and the Canadians had suffered more than 900 dead, 2,460 wounded, and 1,946 captured. Overall 3,623 men, including Brits, Poles, Czechs and Free French, had been killed, wounded or captured in ten hours.