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Commando Country [Paperback]

Stuart Allan
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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6 Sep 2007
The Scottish highlands played a pivotal role in the secret development of special service training during the Second World War. The remote and rough terrain came into its own as a training and testing ground for new types of fighting. "Commando Country" looks at the variety of special training establishments set up (mostly highland shooting lodges), and at how use was made of the landscape and coastline and of specialist civilian skills such as stalking and mountaineering. It stresses how these new methods of warfare, tested in Scotland, spread internationally into the present day elite status of 'special forces' world-wide.The story involves many famous names from a variety of backgrounds such as actors David Niven and Alec Guinness, mountaineer John Hunt, and polar explorer Martin Lindsay, as well as famous military figures such as David Stirling, founder of the SAS and Special Operations Executive agent Violet Szabo. Conveying the atmosphere of remote highland locations, the book makes strong use of photographs and personal testimony collected from those involved, bringing a unique Scottish perspective to a popular subject.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: NMS Enterprises Limited - Publishing (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905267142
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905267149
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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...a history that's rich in technical detail, yet, thankfully remains subservient to the story of the people. -- The Herald, November 3, 2007

About the Author

Stuart Allan is Senior Curator of Military History with National Museums Scotland.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Commando Country 19 Nov 2009
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After spending much time in the Highlands around many of the locations that this book covers,the contents provide a facinating and humbling experience for the reader.

This book has given me an incite into what my late Father had to go through during his time in the training centre at Achnacarry, where he trained as a Commando in 1944.

It is not often that one reads a book that you cannot put down once started, but to me this is such a book.
Well written, well researched, and full of detail from those who were actually there and who undertook the incredibley hard training.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Most informative! 10 July 2010
This book covers an area of Scotland and a period of history I have always wanted to join together. Commando Country achieved this and more.
A very informative book that covers the subject well and answered all the questions I had about the Commandos, the training area covered in the book and the individuals who were central to the subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating modern history (and geography!) 12 Jan 2008
I bought this as a present for someone who lives a stone's throw from the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge and had to part with it before I had time to read it: I then received it as a Christmas present. This is a most interesting study of ordinary people training to do remarkable things in a beautiful (and highly individual) part of the world. Mr Allan manages to stick to the subject which is the area; what went on it; and what that training meant, when there must have been a huge temptation to write more about what the men and women who trained there did after completing their training. That is rightly the subject of many other books and this one adds its own weight to the overall subject.
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