The Commandos at Dieppe: Rehearsal for D-Day

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A gripping account of the crucial World War II Dieppe raid of August 1942, in which the British No 4 Commandos joined forces with the first American land troops to fight in the war, this is a masterful work of military story-telling.

History's overriding view of the Dieppe raid in 1942 is that of a catastrophe, with thousands of Canadian and British troops killed or captured. Often overlooked, however, is No 4 Commando's successful supporting element of the raid, disabling the heavy German guns that threatened the supporting ships at sea.

No 4 Commando's training and preparation for their part in the raid was an excellent example of operational planning. Its leadership was superb and its luck held. The raid also included members of the Free French and US Commandos, later named the US Rangers, and it included the first US forces to engage the Germans on mainland Europe.

Will Fowler has interviewed surviving members of No 4 Commando, and with extensive research of official records has written a gripping, blow-by-blow account of one of the most daring early Commando raids of the Second World War.

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History’s overriding view of the Dieppe raid in 1942 is that of a catastrophic disaster, yet what is often overlooked in No 4 Commando’s successful assault on the coastal battery, code-named HESS, to disable the heavy German guns. Operation Cauldron was a victory, a triumph of planning, training, leadership and courage.

First-hand accounts from the veterans of No 4 Commando dramatically describe the raid from the landing at dawn to the final withdrawal. Among them were US Rangers, the first US soldiers to go into action in Europe and the first Free French Commandos to return to their homeland in the Second World War.

About the Author:

Will Fowler has been writing on current and historical military subjects for many years and has authored a number of books and partworks on a range of military subjects

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