Dieppe Raid Novel
The Dieppe Raid: Fact and Fiction
I’m writing a mystery novel set during World War II that examines whether the Germans knew in advance about the Dieppe Raid.
The Dieppe Raid
The Dieppe Raid was an Allied raid on the port town of Dieppe on the northwest coast of France on August 19, 1942. The landing force included approximately 5,000 Canadians, 1,000 British commandos, and 50 American Army Rangers.
The tragic raid was the deadliest day for Canadians during World War II. Over 900 Canadians lost their lives, and over 200 Britons and Americans also died. Approximately 1,950 Canadians were taken prisoner.
The raid’s high casualty rate has been attributed to many factors including an overly complex plan with a poor strategy and insufficient pre-raid bombing.
A Dieppe Raid Novel
Some Germans reported receiving advance warning of the Dieppe Raid, and many historians and journalists have debated whether these reports could have been true. Drawing on available evidence, my novel explores whether or not the Germans learned of the raid in advance.
The novel takes place in London, England, two months after the Dieppe Raid in 1942. In order to solve the murder of an MI5 officer, a Scotland Yard detective inspector must decide whether to trust a refugee with a mysterious past.