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Book: The Commandos at Dieppe, Rehearsal for D-Day

 
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2011 4:17 pm    Post subject: Book: The Commandos at Dieppe, Rehearsal for D-Day Reply with quote

Picked this up at the library last week. A nice read, detailing the recruitment, training, planning, assault and withdrawal of 4 Commando during Operation Cauldron, the raid on Dieppe. While obviously the Canadians took the brunt of the debacle that the raid turned out to be, 4 Commando knocking out the gun battery at Varengeville was the notable success.

It goes into a lot of detail of commandos and their individual stories, not just the main leaders, Lord Lovat and his 2IC Mills-Roberts; but also rank and file troopers. Modest, matter-of-fact recollections belie the brutality of close quarter combat with bayonet.

Lots of footnotes go into further details into equipment, personnel and related actions.

A telling quote in regard to general attitude of the time read, 'The Germans view war as a profession; the British, a sport; and the Americans, a job.'

Well worth a read if you can find it.
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