Books: World War II Trio

These three books about World War II were written in bitterness. Two deal with ill-fated ventures on the Allied side, the third with Japan's defeat in the air. Each of them underlines a tragic fact that has again been proved in Hungary: in a time of total war and totalitarian regimes, heroism is not enough.

AT WHATEVER COST, by R. W. Thompson (215 pp.; Coward-McCann; $3.50), tells the story of the famed 1942 raid against the German-held port of Dieppe, in which 6,100 officers and men (mostly Canadians) started out and less than a...

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