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In Action with the SAS: A Soldiers Odyssey from Dunkirk to Berlin Hardcover – 30 Jun 2005


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Leo Cooper Ltd (30 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844152863
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844152865
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roy Close CBE is now retired in Norfolk after a successful career

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By alec on 20 April 2012
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Roy Close was the section Officer I served under the whole of my time in the 1st SAS, so I know this is the genuine artical and not some made up figment of the imagination as writen by other authers.
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If you are still reading after the first ten pages this book will enthuse you until the last page. Very moving story of an 18 y/o English youth enlisted in the Territory Army (TA), because he was impressed by the seriousness of the decay of international relations, and wanted to carry his share of the duty -I believe this is the root-quality that led to victory upon the larger, stronger, but perverse adversary. Because the main character accepts and seeks all opportunities to serve better, he trains in artillery, then in military intelligence, then in the Parachutes, then is enlisted in the 1st unit of SAS commandos, and all the while he spends more time in training, tuition and reflexion than in proper military action. Eventually action takes place behind the enemy's lines and from then on, it is the chasing of late nazi troops fleeing through France, Belgium, The Nederlands, Norway up to Berlin. He describes the first few months of denazification and how he was put so young on the board of British governors of the occupied Germany. Heavy hearts and sad thoughts inevitably crop up his mind and his camarades' s minds, and these are beautifully passed on to the reader. Being married in the meantime, he is honorably discharged from duty at age 26, a generation with a lot on their mind !
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Pj Williams VINE VOICE on 23 Nov 2009
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well paced and interesting memoir which at times is really quite funny. my grandfather was a member of 2nd sas ( close was part of 1st sas joined 1943) and it gave me a great insight into the training and the attitude of the men in the unit. all in all I found it very useful as research and as entertainment. recommend to anyone
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Guernsey Donkey on 3 Aug 2014
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I read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. It details a young man wanting to do his 'bit' for his country. He joins a territorial unit before the start of the war and is sent to France with his unit. Evacuated from the Dunkirk beaches, he returns to England and eventually ends up in special forces, and seeing the end of the war in Germany. Amazing times, amazing people.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff146 on 6 Oct 2014
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If you are interested in the early days of the SAS, mostly in Europe in WW11, this is a good read. No holds barred, this is a gritty story of what it was really like, including the appalling casualties suffered by the SAS when used in front of the advancing British army. If true military history is your thing you'll enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lindsey Doyle on 7 Oct 2014
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In a market flooded with books about the SAS and other supposed elite forces (I'm an ex British Soldier, an ordinary one) most of which I feel I've read, this one is a breath of fresh air that rarely enters the world of the....' Aren't we wonderful ........variety. A good book about fighting the Nazis in WW2. I recommend it warmly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Vin Foster on 22 July 2014
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I have enthusiastically followed the actions of the SAS from the Western desert on into Europe. I was fascinated by the stories from behind enemy lines in occupied France, and of the tragedy of the executions Hitler resorted to.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GEOFFREY COTTERELL on 1 Oct 2013
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A REMARKABLE AND PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF A YOUNG SOLDIERS WORLD WAR 2 SERVIVCE WITH THE S A S -WRITER APPEARS TO REQUEST ONE ONE TO JOIN HIM DURING HIS DANGEROUS EXPLOITS-THUS ONE APPEARS TO BE ACCOMPANYING HIM AND WITNESSINGAND FIGHTING FIGHTING ALONGSIDE HIM.
A WONDERFUL READ FOR MILITARY HISTORIANS AND THOSE SEEKING RELEVANT AND PERSONAL ACCOUBNTS ABOUT ACTIONS HAVE NOT HERETO BEEN AVAILABLE.
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