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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing; 1st Edition edition (15 Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855325799
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855325791
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Chappell comes from an Aldershot family with British Army connections stretching back several generations. He enlisted as a teenage private in the Royal Hampshire Regiment in 1952. Over the next 22 years of infantry soldiering, many of them spent with the Gloucester Regiment, he held every rank and many regimental appointments up to WO1 and Regimental Sergeant Major. He retired in 1974, as RSM of the 1st Battalion The Wessex Regiment (Rifle Volunteers), after seeing service in Malaya, Cyprus, Swaziland, Libya, Germany, Ulster and home garrisons. He began painting military subjects in 1968 and since then has gained worldwide popularity as a military illustrator.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Maines on 1 Oct 2009
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As the son of a former member of No.1 Army Commando and an associate member of the Commando Veterans Association, I can thoroughly recommend this book. The text is interspersed with both black and white photos of various Commando units and high quality illustrations of both Commando uniforms / equipment and individual Commando unit insignia.
This book would be a useful addition to the collection of any one who is interested in the history of the Army Commandos or special forces in general.
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By Valerie Ellison on 16 July 2014
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good basic information.
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By Markham on 11 Oct 2014
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Excellent Book
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Fine Study of FIne Men 24 Jan 2002
By El Cutachero - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
ARmy Commandos published 2001, is the trade edition of Elite No. 64 so this review is identical to that.
The famed British Commandos had their origins in the dark days of 1940 after the Army had been forced to evacuate at Dunkirk. Although the active campaigning continued in the Middle East and war broke out in the Far East in Dec 1941, those were peripheral campaigns and would never result in the defeat of Hitler's forces. The attack on the Soviet Union in 1941 led to a powerful ally but Stalin was always on the lookout for the main chance and there was always a possibility that he would make an armistice with Germany well into 1943.
The Navy and the RAF could strike directly at Germany's far flung forces but the only one that could strike Germany itself was the RAF.
The Army therefore under the direct orders of Churchill combed its ranks and those of the foreign exiles in Britain for men of initiative and daring. These units were first known under various titles but eventually they settled on Commandos, a term taken from the valorous opponents of the Boer War, whose mounted raiders wreaked such havoc on the railbound British attackers in 1900.
For the first two years, raids were conducted from the sea on islands in the North Sea, Norway, the French Coast, and in the Middle East. After the turn of the tide of war, the Commandos acquired much more heavy armament and became what is termed light infantry serving on the flanks of the forces landing in Normandy.
There has always been much controversy within the armies of the world objecting to elite forces on the grounds that they take the best men and leave the plodders to trudge on. Of course, this is mostly specious because in all cases that I know of special troops amounted to very few in a mass army. But it has hindered US Special Forces and Rangers over the years.
In the case of the British Army Commandos this led to their disbandment after WWII. Today the Special Air Service carries out these specialized raiding tasks while there are still Commando units in the Royal Marines.
This work shows the usual fine work of this author and illustrator. Everything he has ever done has been of quality.
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Army Commando's WW2 30 Dec 2011
By K. Schneider - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Many people dont remember that teh British Army started the COMMANDO's (now Royal Marines). Tis Osprey books is a great booklet giving the reader an great insight into the units 1940-1945. Full of text ,phto's and data. This is not a money waster..but somehting that "should be on your" book collection.
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