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Storm from the Sea (Greenhill Military Paperback) [Paperback]

Peter Young
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Greenhill Books; New edition edition (15 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853675113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853675119
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,105,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This classic account is a dynamic and vivid record of what it was like to fight with Britain's Commandos across wartime. Peter Young, who joined 3 Commando in June 1940 and went into action with them in July of that year, sets down a spirited tale of adventure, heroism and ever-present danger in this valuable narrative of an elite force at war. Storm from the Sea is the commandos' story of war and describes a number of key Commando raids against targets in occupied Europe. The first amphibious operation of note was against the Lofoten islands and a second raid against Vaagso quickly followed. Despite a setback at Dieppe, the commandos continued to annoy the Germans with hit and run attacks and Peter Young's men participated in the invasion of Sicily and in operations in Italy until being recalled for D-Day. Hard fighting in Normandy followed and the author recalls the daily skirmishes and ambushes which, for the commandos, so typified the liberation of France. After a brief period attached to 3rd Commando Brigade in Burma, Peter Young ended his war preparing for operations in Malaya.

The conflict had been a punishing adventure but, as he testifies in Storm from the Sea, his Army Commandos came through with a tremendous reputation for daring and stealth.


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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the key memoirs of WW2 29 July 2008
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'Storm from the Sea' is one of the best known, and most frequently reprinted, memoirs of the Second World War - the edition from which this review was prepared being one from just after the author's death in 1988.

Nevertheless as the first hand account of one of the most decorated Commando officers it retains its freshness and, disarmingly straightforward, impact decade after decade. Particularly engaging are the sections on the formation of the Commandos in which Young served under Col. Durnford Slater. It is also notable as having descriptions of many of the early raids which are not well covered in other documents. There are, understandably, similarities between Slater's book 'Commando' and this volume, not merely because the two were in the same unit, but because, as Slater acknowledged, he relied in part upon Young's diaries of the period.

In short a highly readable and dramatic romp which is also a valuable historical document. Not a bad combination - highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book 18 Sep 2010
By Nuno
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Nice book by one of the most known CO of the Commandos - Peter Young.
Personal stories and it is very well documented and acuratte because in war he made is own diarie. 1st Person story wich he made great connection with John-Dumford Slater.
The book is divided in:
- Fallback of Dunkirk
- Training in England (a little anoyng, the book of David Lee outmaster complete in this chapter)
- raids in Norway, Vaasgo and Lofoten islands
- North Afica
- Italy
- Normandie and
- Burma

A must buy if you like Commandos
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read 9 Dec 2013
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Interesting book giving very good account of real action guys in WW2. Would recomment this book to anyone interested in WW2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inkling into a British Warrior Mind! 21 Feb 2010
By Maximiliano F Yofre - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Storm from the Sea" in essence has many points in common with Lt. Wells' Give Me Fifty Marines Not Afraid to Die: Iwo Jima, both are books written from the guts of modern warriors and transmit to the reader their unique experience.

General Peter Young's opus is obviously more ample in its scope nevertheless both books allow the reader to get in touch with military mind in their purest fundamental nature.

General Young describes the genesis, development and exploits of the British Commandos.
Follow the campaigns in Northwest Europe, Mediterranean, Normandy and Burma with eye-witness recounts from Dieppe, D-Day, Termoli and Arakan amongst others.

The narration has the special flavor, style & wit of British military personnel.
Every word in this book sounds true. A must read for any WWII buff!

Reviewed by Max Yofre.
4.0 out of 5 stars Daring-do in WW2 14 July 2013
By John E. Larsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Young was an officer in the regular army who, following action in France in 1940, volunteered for the Commandoes. He then had an extraordinary war thereafter, being part of several raids on Norway, then Dieppe, Sicily, Italy, Normandy and finally a brigade command in Burma. He is the only person I've come across who was entitled to wear the African, Italian, Burma and France & Germany stars!

All ranks in the commandoes were volunteers, so they were highly motivated and keen fighters. It is remarkable that so many men came forward to undertake the arduous training and a leading role in major battles. While mainly trained to operate as a sea assault force aimed at crucial targets, they often spent considerable time in the front line as well (85 days in Normandy for instance). With so much demanded of them, many volunteers did not make the cut and it was also common for men to be returned to their original units if they didn't measure up on an operation.

Young served almost entirely with 3rd Commando. He had a lead part in the formation and then refinement of the organization. While junior officers were expected to take a lead in any fighting, it was even more the case in the commandoes. Young fires on and is fired on by the enemy. While there were direct assaults in the normal sense, there was much made of surprise and operating at night. Small groups were expected to do a lot and it was remarkable how often they prevailed against larger German forces. Young reveals that the quality of the German soldier was almost universally high and despite their daring, the commandoes suffer many casualties. This was hard as the small size of the unit led to a strong sense of camaraderie.

This book was first published in 1958 and it has a tone typical of its time. Young's stiff upper lip style reminded me of several other memoirs by British veterans. It is also humorous, crisp and informative. It does not have strong language or gore, more typical of later examples but it is very clearly a combat account. When Young went into action it was serious stuff. He aimed to achieve his objectives and killing Germans was a part of this. His men are stoic and even excited at the prospect of action. He himself seems to have enjoyed every minute of it! Such men win your wars for you. This is a very interesting and exceptionally broad account of life in the commandoes in WW2. You see the development of the arm into an extremely deadly and valuable tool and it's told through the eyes of a brave man who saw it all.
Highly recommended 4 stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hints of a British Warrior's Mind! 26 May 2010
By Maximiliano F Yofre - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
"Storm from the Sea" in essence has many points in common with Lt. Wells' "Give me fifty Marines not afraid to die", both are books written from the guts of modern warriors and transmit to the reader their unique experience.

General Peter Young's opus is obviously more ample in its scope nevertheless both books allow the reader to get in touch with military mind in their purest fundamental nature.

General Young describes the genesis, development and exploits of the British Commandos.
Follow the campaigns in Northwest Europe, Mediterranean, Normandy and Burma with eye-witness recounts from Dieppe, D-Day, Termoli and Arakan amongst others.

The narration has the special flavor, style & wit of British military personnel.
Every word in this book sounds true. A must read for any WWII buff!

Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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