This is a preliminary bibliography for my MPhil thesis on the Air Power and the Dieppe Raid excluding primary sources. I think it is fairly comprehensive but if anyone knows of any useful sources which might fill the gaps please let me know.

Official Histories:

Buckley, Christopher Norway – The Commandos – Dieppe (London: HMSO, 1951)

Butler, J R M et al. Grand Strategy, 6 Vol. (London: HMSO, 1956 – 1976)

Collier, B The Defence of the United Kingdom (London: HMSO, 1957)

Ellis, L F The War in France and Flanders, 1939-1940 (London: HMSO, 1953)

Gibbs, N H Grand Strategy, Volume 1: Rearmament Policy (London: HMSO, 1976)

Hinsley, F H et al. British Intelligence in the Second World War, 5 Volumes (London: HMSO, 1979 – 1990)

James, T C G Air Defence of Great Britain, Volume 1: The Growth of Fighter Command, 1936 – 1940 (London: Frank Cass, 2001)

James, T C G Air Defence of Great Britain, Volume 2: The Battle of Britain (London: Frank Cass, 2001)

Richards, Denis Royal Air Force 1939-1945 Volume I: The Fight at Odds (London: HMSO, 1953)

Richards, D and Saunders, H Royal Air Force 1939-1945 Volume II: The Fight Avails (London: HMSO, 1953)

Roskill, S War at Sea 1939 – 1945, Volume 2: The Period of Balance (London: HMSO, 1956)


Atkin, Ronald Dieppe 1942: The Jubilee Disaster (London: Macmillan, 1980)

Beker, Cajus The Luftwaffe War Diaries: The German Air Force in World War II (New York, De Capo Press, 1994)

Campbell, John P Dieppe Revisited: A Documentary Investigation (London: Frank Cass, 1993)

Dickinson, Paul and Copp, Terry Dieppe (Barnsley: Pen and Sword, 2001)

Franks, Norman The Greatest Air Battle: Dieppe, 19th August 1942 (London: Grub Street, 1992)

Ford, Ken Dieppe 1942: Combined Operations Catastrophe (Oxford: Osprey, 2003)

Fowler, Will The Commandos at Dieppe: Rehearsal fort D – Day (London: Collins, 2002)

Greenhous, Brereton Dieppe, Dieppe (London: Howell Press, 2003)

Hallion, Richard P Strike from the Sky: The History of Battlefield Air Attack, 1911-1945 (Washington: Smithsonian Institute Press, 1989)

Keegan, John Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris (London: Pimlico, 1982)

Loring – Villa, Brian Unauthorized Action: Mountbatten and the Dieppe Raid 1942 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989)

Murray, Williamson War in the Air 1914 – 45 (London: Cassell, 1999)

Neillands, Robin The Dieppe Raid: The Story of the Disastrous 1942 Mission (London: Aurum, 2006)

Page, Christopher The Royal Navy and the Raids on Dieppe and St Nazaire (London: Frank Cass, 2002)

Powers, Barry Strategy Without a Slide Rule: British Air Strategy 1914-1939 (London: Croom Helm, 1976)

Ray, John The Battle of Britain: Dowding and the First Victory, 1940 (London: Cassell, 2000)

Saunders, Tim Dieppe: Operation Jubilee (Barnsley: Leo Cooper, 2005)

Slessor, John C Air Power and Armies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1936)

Smith, Malcolm British Air Strategy Between the Wars (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984)

Terraine, John The Right of the Line: The Royal Air Force in the European War 1939-1945 (London: Wordsworth, 1997)

Chapters in Books:

Bond, Brian and Murray, Williamson ‘The British Armed Forces, 1918-39’ in Millett, Allan R and Murray, Williamson (Eds.) Military Effectiveness: Volume II, The Interwar Period (London: Allen and Unwin 1988)

Muller, Richard R ‘Close Air Support’ in Murray, Williamson and Millett, Allan Military Innovation in the Interwar Period (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)


Fearon, Peter ‘The British Airframe Industry and the State, 1918 – 1935’ Economic History Review, Vol. 27 (1974)

Greenhous, Brereton ‘Operation Flodden: The Sea Fight of Berneval and the Suppression of the Goebbels Battery, 19 August 1942’ Canadian Military Journal (Autumn 2003)

Haslam, E B ‘How Lord Dowding came to leave Fighter Command’ Journal of Strategic Studies, Vol. 4, No. 2 (1981)

Jacobs, William ‘Air Support for the British Army, 1939-1943’ Military Affairs, Vol. 46, No. 4 (December 1982)

Leigh – Mallory, Wing Commander Trafford, DSO ‘Air Co-Operation with Mechanized Forces’ Journal of the Royal United Services Institution, Vol. 75 (1930: Feb/Nov)

Loring – Villa, Brian ‘Mountbatten, the British Chiefs of Staff, and Approval of the Dieppe Raid’ Journal of Military History, Vol. 54, No. 2 (April 1990)

Earl Mountbatten of Burma, ‘Operation Jubilee: The Place of the Dieppe Raid in History’ Journal of the Royal United Service Institute, Vol. 119, No. 1 (March 1974)

Pile, Lieutenant Colonel Frederick, DSO, MC, psc, Royal Tank Corps ‘The Army’s Air Needs’ Journal of the Royal United Services Institution, Vol. 71 (1926: Feb/Nov)

Portal, Air Commodore Charles, DSO, MC ‘Air Force Co-operation in Policing the Empire’ Journal of the Royal United Service Institution, Vol. 82 (1937: Feb/Nov)

Roskill, Captain Stephen, DSC, MA, RN, ‘The Dieppe Raid and the Question of German Foreknowledge’ Journal of the Royal United Service Institute, Vol. 109 (1964: Feb.)

Theses and Dissertations:

Hall, David I ‘The Birth of the Tactical Air Force: British Theory and Practice of Air Support in the West, 1939-1943’, DPhil Thesis, University of Oxford, 1996

Henry, Hugh ‘The Planning, Intelligence and Aftermath of the Dieppe Raid, 19 August 1942’ DPhil Thesis, University of Cambridge, 1996


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