The culmination of years of research by the late Peter Robins, the biography of W.E. Fairbairn, "the father of CQB" has been published.
Entitled " Fairbairn The Gentleman Warrior" this first volume covers his early life, the Shanghai years, up until the start of WW-2. A subsequent volume will cover the rest of the story of how he trained the Commandos, SOE, OSS etc.
Chapters include "The Shanghai School of Shooting" "USMC in Shanghai" "WEF Manuals" Also, lots of excerpts from Cavalcade, [Fairbairn's handwritten journal], a very detailed chapter on the Shanghai shooting school [including a comparison with Captain Tracy's methods.
Much also on the SMP training, including diagrams and photos of the assault/obstacle course.
Loads of cases of the SMP engaging bandits, kidnappers and drug runners in the alleys, brothels and opium-dens of "the World's most dangerous city"
The text is heavily illustrated with numerous photos, many never before published.
[Review by Dennis Martin]