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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: 2.5 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 591,007 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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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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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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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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If you are looking for a book with stories about classic SAS raids of world war two,then this book is not for you. As the author states at the start of this book, this is not that type book.
This book is based on the author's notes/diaries he kept as young man of 19 until he left the SAS and the army at 26.The book contains his thoughts about the political situation leading up to world war two. Plus his thoughts on his time in a territorial army transport regiment, his transfer to the parachute regiment and then to the SAS regiment. He fought with the SAS in north Africa and Europe,he also played apart in the military government of Germany after the second world war. So reading his thoughts on the those times is interesting. All in all I found this book a very interesting read.
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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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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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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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This has been a thoroughly interesting and educational read. I can honestly say I learned more from this book than I ever did at school or from other reading about what really happened during the German occupation and how the war was fought and won. The down to earth recollection of events as they had happened enabled the mind to imagine what it looked liked and felt to be like living and fighting in occupied France. The inclusion of post war administration of occupied Germany was also very insightful as I doubt many books include this aspect as it is not 'action or glory', but is a very real necessity for the people of a defeated nation. Well done for the great read, and of course your efforts and actions during Service.
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