Tragedy at Dieppe
Winnipeg Free Press
B.C.-based military historian Mark Zuehlke presents an astonishingly detailed account of the Dieppe raid, surely one of the most disastrous days in our country’s military history. This 10th volume in his ambitious series on Canadian battles in the Second World War is the result of thorough research, an array of support materials, and generous sharing of scholarship by colleagues. His is a truly moving presentation, with quotations and facts that make this piece of history something to read through your tears.
Windsor Ontario's Retired Living
From the clashes of personalities, egos and ambitions of those masterminding the raid to the experiences of the common soldiers who’s task it was to carry out the raid, the story is compelling and unflinching…a fitting tribute timed to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the raid.
On August 19, 1942, Allied troops landed at Nazi-held Dieppe and the subsequent carnage, particularly Canadian, so faithfully portrayed in this book, continues to shock, appall and disturb decades later…With exquisite detail and methodical description, Zuehlke plows through the months of enthusiastic staff reshuffling, chaotic planning, tedious drilling, desperate political juggling and hasty training prior to that fateful dawn…On the beach itself, no detail is spared, as Zuehlke chronicles the Dieppe raid from every agonizing perspective. This testimony is a brilliant combination of scholarly analysis and emotional human breath. Readers who thought they knew Dieppe will be contrite, astonished and, above all, deeply moved.
About the Author
Mark Zuehlke is an award-winning author generally considered to be Canada’s foremost popular military historian. His Canadian Battle Series is the most exhaustive recounting of the battles and campaigns fought by any nation during World War II to have been written by a single author.