Based on gripping eyewitness accounts this study reinforces the contention that Allied soldiers performed much better during this famous campaign than had previously been believed, helping to demolish the myth that when Allied and German soldiers met on equal numbers the Germans always prevailed.
Interspersed with fascinating personal anecdotes from soldiers which take the reader to the heart of the battlefield, this is an exciting and insightful addition to the literature on the Normandy Campaign.
Shelagh Whitaker worked as a sports and feature journalist and was published in a wide number of national magazines. She was the coauthor, with her husband, Denis Whitaker, of Dieppe: Tragedy to Triumph; Rhineland: The Battle to End the War; and the Dafoe Book Prize-winning Tug of War: The Allied Victory That Opened Antwerp. She died in 2016. The late Brigadier-General Dennis Whitaker served as a young officer with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry in Dieppe, and subsequently commanded the battalion throughout the fighting in northwest Europe. He is one of Canada's most highly decorated officers, winning the DSO and Bar for Valour in the field. He was honored with the Order of Canada, a doctorate in military science from the Royal Military College, as well as prestigious medals from France and Belgium.
Terry Copp is the coauthor of Normandy: The Real Story. He is a Professor Emeritus and Chair of History at Wilfrid Laurier University and codirector of the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies in Canada. He is the editor of the journal Canadian Military History. He lives in Elora, Ontario.