We Landed At Dawn; The Story Of The Dieppe Raid

Author: Alexander B. Austin

Publisher: Pickle Partners Publishing

ISBN: 1786253135

Category: History

Page: 117

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The only war correspondent who accompanied the Allied Dieppe raid tells the story of the brave, heroic but ultimately futile assault landing which would lay the foundation for the success in Normandy two years later. Alexander Berry Austin was a noted war correspondent who worked for the London Herald during the Second World War. He was exceptionally dedicated and would often “embed”, to use a modern term, with Allied units during the most dangerous and demanding fighting including the Battle of Britain, the Dieppe raid, the Allied landings at Bizerte and the Salerno landing during which he lost his life to a German landmine. During the preparation for “We Landed At Dawn” he trained extensively with the elite Commando units that were due to make the ambitious invasion attempt.

Ian Fleming's Commandos

The Story of the Legendary 30 Assault Unit

Author: Nicholas Rankin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199912025

Category: History

Page: 416

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In 1941, the United Kingdom faced its darkest hour: it stood alone against the Germans, who had chased British forces out of France, Norway, and Greece. All it had left were desperate measures--commando raids, intelligence coups, feats of derring-do. Any such "novel enterprise," wrote Admiral John Godfrey, Director of Naval Intelligence, required "an officer with drive and imagination of the highest order." He found one in Commander Ian Fleming. In Ian Fleming's Commandos, Nicholas Rankin tells the exciting story of a secret intelligence outfit conceived and organized by Fleming. Named 30 Assault Unit, the group was expected to seize enemy codebooks, cipher machines, and documents in high-stakes operations. Assault unit commandos fought in the North African campaign and the invasions of Sicily and Italy, poked over the bones of bombed Pantelleria, and liberated Capri. Rebranded '30 Assault Unit', they went ashore on D-Day, heading for rocket-sites and radar-stations. They helped liberate Paris (including the Ritz Bar and the Rothschild mansion) and then set out to steal scientific and industrial secrets from the heart of Germany. Their final amazing coup was to seize the entire archives of the German Navy's three hundred tons of documents. Ian Fleming flew out in person to accompany the loot back to Britain, where it was combed for evidence to use in the Nuremburg trials. Based on incisive research and written with verve and insight, this new paperback edition of Ian Fleming's Commandos brings to life a long-obscured chapter of World War II and reveals the inspiration behind Fleming's famous fiction.

The Dieppe Raid

The Story of the Disastrous 1942 Expedition

Author: Robin Neillands

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253347817

Category: History

Page: 292

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In 1942, a full two years before D-Day, thousands of men, mostly Canadian troops eager for their first taste of battle, were sent across the Channel in a raid on the French port town of Dieppe. Air supremacy was not secured; the topography of the town and its surroundings - hemmed in by tall cliffs and steep beaches - meant any invasion was improbably difficult; the result was carnage, the beaches turned into killing grounds even as the men came ashore, and whole regiments literally decimated. Why was the Raid ever mounted? Was the whole thing even, as has been darkly alleged, expected and even intended to fail, a cynical conspiracy to prove to the Americans, at the expense of so many Canadian lives, the impracticability of staging the Normandy landings for another two years? Robin Neillands goes behind the myths to tell what really happened, and why.