Churchill's Secret Warriors: The Explosive True Story of the Special Forces Desperadoes of WWII Paperback – 2 Oct 2014
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'A truly astonishing story' Weekend Sport. (Weekend Sport)
'An enjoyable, thought-provoking read' Soldier Magazine. (Soldier Magazine)
'One of the most extraordinary stories of World War II is also one of the least commonly known ... compelling ... an eloquent and welcome tribute to their selfless, sometimes reckless courage - a howitzer of a tale that more people should know about' Brian Viner, Daily Mail. (Daily Mail)
The thrilling untold story of Churchill's private army. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Mid-20s, early 30s maybe? Well, a major source of this incredible book is Jack Mann, a WWII veteran of 92 and a hero who was in at the start of what was then a totally new kind of warring. This is his story, his and the merry band of ‘pirates’ cobbled together on the orders of Winston Churchill to go out and give the Nazis hell.
And it’s almost unbelievable, like a real-life Commando comic drawn by an artist on the hard stuff. These men, amazingly all volunteers for ‘death duty’, lived, fought and acted at the extremes. The wild eccentrics of the Special Operations Executive, also known as known as the Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, caused havoc throughout Europe and North Africa, assassinating and sabotaging, and finding and firing up resistance to the Axis armies.
It’s a truly astonishing story, one which you think you might have come across many times before, but that’s because you’ve seen the films. Jack Mann and his mates were the terrifying real thing.
WARNING: do not start this book at a normal bed time. You'll be up all night reading "just one more chapter"!
This is the story of how British created a "deniable" special force under the Special Operations Executive to run the equivalent of black ops during World War II. It's not entirely clear, but this unit functioned kind of like the Special Boat Service, as far as I can tell (not being well-versed in all the intricacies of the various units). In any event, this history is pegged to a larger-than-life soldier who was in at the formation of the first unit, present for its greatest triumphs, and was killed in action near the end of the war. The book is very much the story of Anders Lassen (VC,MC), a Danish volunteer who had all the bearing of a modern-day pirate.
Through him, the reader is taken through the first mission at Fernando Po (aka Bioko) off the coast of present-day Cameroon, then some dirty work in the Channel Islands, before moving to a wide range of raids across the Greek islands (including a particularly spectacular airfield raid in Crete), and then finally a calamitous mission as part of the Allied push up Italy. The exploits are very engaging, the bravery astonishing, the personalities colorful -- perhaps all best summed up by the kind of nonstandard after action reports Larsen would file: ""Landed, killed Germans, f****d off." Solidly entertaining read for WWII buffs.
Note: This book was published under a slightly different title in the US: The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: How Churchill's Secret Warriors Set Europe Ablaze and Gave Birth to Modern Black Ops
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Thoroughly recommended - I knew v little of conflict in Eastern Mediterranean and Greece. The daring and bravery of those involved is the stuff of Hollywood story tellersPublished 6 days ago by westportsteve
My grandfather was in the Royal Marines in WW2, he went on to join the commandoes and it's a family rumour he also served with the LRDG, though he would never talk of his service... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David
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