One Day in August: The Remarkable True Story Behind the Greatest Raid of World War II

One Day in August: The Remarkable True Story Behind the Greatest Raid of World War II

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Magnificent and engrossing, One Day in August reveals in full for the first time the “Ultra Secret” story behind one of WW2’s most controversial mysteries—and one of Canada’s most sorrowful moments. 
 
In a narrative as powerful and moving as it is authoritative,  David O’Keefe rewrites history, connecting Canada’s tragedy at Dieppe with an extraordinary and colourful cast of characters—from the young Commander Ian Fleming, later to become the creator of the James Bond novels, and his team of crack commandos to the code-breaking scientists of Bletchley Park (the closely guarded heart of Britain’s wartime Intelligence and code-breaking work) to those responsible for the planning and conduct of the Dieppe Raid—Admiral John Godfrey, Lord Louis Mountbatten, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and others. The astonishing story critically changes what we thought we knew.
 
For seven decades, the objective for the raid has been one of the most perplexing mysteries of WWII. In less than six hours on August 19, 1942, nearly one thousand Canadians—as well as British and Americans—lay dead or dying on the beaches around the French seaside town, with over two thousand other Canadians wounded or captured. These awful losses have left a legacy of bitterness, recrimination and controversy. In the absence of concrete reasons for the raid, myriad theories ranging from incompetence to conspiracy developed.
 
Over almost two decades of research, sifting through countless recently declassified Intelligence documents, David O’Keefe skillfully pieces together the story like a jigsaw puzzle to reveal the prime reason behind the raid: a highly secret mission designed, in one of Britain’s darkest times, to redress the balance of the war. One Day in August provides a thrilling, multi-layered story that fundamentally changes our understanding of this most tragic and pivotal chapter in Canada’s history.
 

Title:One Day in August: The Remarkable True Story Behind the Greatest Raid of World War II
ISBN:9780345807694
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  • Lou (nonfiction fiend)

    One Day in August reveals in full for the first time the “Ultra Secret” story behind one of WW2’s most controversial mysteries—and one of Canada’s most sorrowful moments. In a narrative as p...

  • Gordon Jones

    My dad was a soldier with the Canadian army who fought in World War II. Every time I read a book about the Canadian Forces in that war I think of him. He came into the war after the tragic raid on Die...

  • Daniel

    Well researched and reads like a novel. We finally understand the real intent behind this flawed and extremely ambitious operation. We also discover more about Ian Fleming as a naval intelligence offi...

  • Paul

    On the 9th August 1942 over 6000 infantry launched an attack on the French Port of Dieppe. They were supported by a regiment of tanks as well as naval and air cover. They were to capture the port and ...

  • John

    The author bases the book on the premise that the reason for the raid on Dieppe was that it was a pinch raid to capture a four rotor Enigma machine. The actual raid is only covered in the last 70 page...

  • Bill Kupersmith

    Once I lost my way in Windsor Ontario and found myself at a war memorial called Dieppe Gardens. Being a military history buff, I knew it commemorated the men of one of the worst botched operations of ...

  • Michael Kerr

    "This was too big for a raid and too small for invasion: What were you trying to do?" So opens Okeefe's first chapter, quoting a German interrogator questioning a captured Allied Major. This question ...

  • Ross Armstrong

    A little background before the review. On August 19, 1942, approximately 5000 Canadians supported by 1000 British Commandos and 50 U.S. Rangers attacked the French resort port of Dieppe. In the ensuin...

  • Neil Mudde

    "When will we ever learn"I have just finished reading this horrific, painfully sad story well documented . David O'Keefe let me relive the horror of August 19th 1942and the scheming it took to set thi...

  • John Winchester

    For many years I was extremely lucky to have Jack Poolton, a survivor of the Dieppe raid, speak of his experiences to my Canadian History students. One of the puzzles, left unsolved when Jack passed i...