Allies at Dieppe: 4 Commando and the US Rangers

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Osprey Publishing, Jun 20, 2012 - History - 260 pages
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In August 1942, the Allies launched a raid against the German-held port of Dieppe on the French channel coast. It was largely a disaster, with the Canadian forces bearing the brunt of the catastrophe. However, it wasn't all a failure, and history has tended to overlook the role of 4 Commando, who, along with their US Ranger counter-parts, landed and successfully disabled the German guns threatening the rest of the landings. Their actions proved an excellent demonstration of the military adage 'train hard, fight easy' and showed the advantage of proper operational planning and brilliant leadership.

This controversial raid also included members of the Free French and it was the first time US land forces engaged the Germans on mainland Europe.Set in the context of the Dieppe raid as a whole, Will Fowler studies the contribution of No. 4 Commando and Operation Jubilee, and evaluates how and why they achieved their objectives in this daring Commando raid of World War II.

  

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Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Planning
Training
Departure
Hostile Shores Chapter 6 Landing
Orange 2
Assault
Homecoming
Aftermath
Appendices
Appendix 2 No 4 Commando casualties No 4 Commando after Operation Cauldron Appendix 3 Allied Weapons and Equipment
German Weapons and Equipment
Significant Aircraft in Operation Cauldron
Significant Warships in Operation Cauldron
Hitlers Commando Order

Withdrawal
Jubilee Heroism and Disaster
Glossary
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

WILL FOWLER has worked in journalism and publishing since 1972, reporting for European, American, Asian and Arabic magazines from Europe, the USA, the Middle East, China and SE Asia. Among his more than 30 published books is MAA 133 Battle for the Falklands: Land Forces. A TA soldier for 30 years, he was commissioned from the ranks in 4th Bn Royal Green Jackets, and volunteered for Operation 'Granby' in the Gulf, 1990-91. In 1993 he graduated from the French Army reserve staff officers course at the École Militaire, Paris. Will is married and lives in Romsey, Hampshire.

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