Disaster at Dieppe: The biggest catastrophe in Canadian military history [NOOK Book]

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In the early morning of August 19, 1942, over five thousand Canadian troops landed on the beach at Dieppe to reclaim the shore from German troops occupying France. It was a mission doomed from the start. Mere hours later, over two-thirds of the men were dead, wounded, or taken prisoner by German forces. It was the worst disaster in Canadian military history, and historians have found no convincing explanation for why the operation was mounted ...

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Disaster at Dieppe: The biggest catastrophe in Canadian military history

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Overview

In the early morning of August 19, 1942, over five thousand Canadian troops landed on the beach at Dieppe to reclaim the shore from German troops occupying France. It was a mission doomed from the start. Mere hours later, over two-thirds of the men were dead, wounded, or taken prisoner by German forces. It was the worst disaster in Canadian military history, and historians have found no convincing explanation for why the operation was mounted in the first place.


Through first-hand accounts, ground-level descriptions, and extensive research, author Jim Lotz takes us through the events of that morning. What emerges is a portrait of courage--of men doing what they could to maintain the honour of their regiments and save the lives of their comrades against impossible odds. The story of the Dieppe raid is made up of a hundred lesser-known tales of Canadian soldiers, which Jim Lotz brings together in this short and readable book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459401730
  • Publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Series: Amazing Stories
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 891,729
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

JIM LOTZ was born in Liverpool, England, where he survived the blitz on the city and spent two years in the Royal Air Force before arriving in Canada in 1973. His twenty-five published books include Canadians at War, A Century of Service: Canada's Armed Forces from the Boer War to East Timor and an autobiography, The Best Journey in the World. He lives and works in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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