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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (20 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472801091
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472801098
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 0.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 671,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Lively writing by Gavin Mortimer, energetic artwork and magnetic photos illuminate a harrowing true story from World War II. The author's research and first-hand accounts are combined with maps, artwork and photos in this 80-page paperback. "Kill Rommel!" is a fascinating analysis of Operation Flipper and its influence on future commando missions." "--Toy Soldier & Model Figure" "Photos, maps and artwork capturing the raid's events augment this useful publication. An analysis (including a translated Italian report), aftermath, bibliography and index complete contents. Recommended." - David L. Veres,

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Gavin Mortimer is the author of Stirlings Men (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004), a ground-breaking history of the early operations of the SAS, The Longest Night: Voices from the London Blitz (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005) and The Blitz: An Illustrated History (Osprey, 2010). An award-winning writer whose books have been published on both sides of the Atlantic, Gavin has previously written for the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Telegraph, the Observer and Esquire magazine. He continues to contribute to a wide range of newspapers and magazines from BBC History to Military History Quarterly. In addition he has lectured on the SAS in World War II at Londons National Army Museum.

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By Cicero on 4 Nov. 2014
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Well researched, objectively and cosice. Bringing the Osprey tradition one gem further.
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Another interesting title in the Raid Series 28 Mar. 2014
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I knew a little bit about this raid, based on other readings of British Commando stories and of course from watching the movie, "Desert Rats." on the whole, seeing photographs of where the events actually took place along with great drawings and graphic maps brings the whole story to life for people living thousands of miles from where the events took place and a place one will probably never visit. There was a slight complaint in that the drawing alluded to the fact that Geoffrey Keyes may have fallen to friendly fire, while the narrative at that point states that Keyes was killed by Germans. Only later does the narrative state the same. It would be better for both to be in agreement at the same time.
Gavin Mortimer's Operation Flipper 4 Sept. 2014
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Beautifully written, short and very clear, but references leave much to be desired. No mention of Michael Asher's Get Rommel (2004), no mention of Hans Edelmaier's Das Rommel-Unternehmen (2000), the two most comprehensive researches on Operation Flipper (that I know of).
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An attempt to decapitate the Afrika Korps 1 April 2014
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Operation Flipper was the British attempt to kill or capture "the commander of German Forces in Africa," a veiled attempt to get Rommel. Unfortunately this raid was doomed from the start, with poor intelligence, lousy weather and bad luck all contributing to negligible results. As Gavin Mortimer points out, however, this raid provided Britain's special forces with lessons it would take to heart, making them some of the most effective special operators the world has known. Illustrated with period photographs, maps and original artwork, this is a fine book on this largely-forgotten operation.
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