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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books (19 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848326165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848326163
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 2.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I read this immediately after reading Popski's own account and I would strongly recommend this to anyone, as the two books compliment each other.

Yunnie was a man ideally suited to this type of warfare, which he clearly enjoyed. His descriptions of the countryside, the weather and the actions are superb and bring the events to life. He was clearly an exceptional leader and forged an outstanding team.

Like, I fear many others, he had difficulty in settling into a peacetime world and it was probably fitting that he should meet his end as a mercenary in the Congo
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A bit gung ho but it was real it happened and this man was right in the middle of it. What a subject an outstanding man of his time who found his metier working for Popski's Private Army behind the German lines in Italy and he made sabotage his own profession. You really need Vladimirr Peniakoffs own book Popski's Private Army to ad as a foil to this marvellous read enjoy ....
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"This is the story of Popski's famous fighting unit, in the words of his second-in-command. Captain Bob Yunnie, MC, aka author Park Yunnie, became the first recruit to the special unit founded in Cairo by Major Vladimir Peniakoff ('Popski'). As the Eight Army advances towards Tripoli, P.P.A. sets out in jeeps across the desert to mount raids behind the Mareth Line. Yunnie relives the ensuing action, and vividly depicts the sorties which took the men deep behind the German lines.

As Tunis falls to the Allies on 7 May 1943, P.P.A. prepares for raids on the Italian mainland. They are dropped by RAF gliders in central Italy, where they set about blowing up strategic targets while waiting for the Allied landings. Yunnie is given his own patrol, and in the narrative that follows, colourful characters flit in and out of the front-line action in the mountain of southern Italy.

Yunnie's account is honest, extremely personal, expose of the thrills of life with Popski and his men. He captures the tumultuous nature of fighting in a tightly-knit, nomadic unit which eluded total control by established Allied forces, but whose contribution to the Allied war effort remains immeasurable.

This is a book in praise of adventure and freedom, and, in the author's words, the true story of 'a small group of men who enjoyed World War II.'"

British special forces memoir of the Second World War.
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Wow what a book, I couldn't put it down. Non stop action told as it happened in a way that you could see in your mind the terrain and the hazards involved in such behind the lines action. Brilliant
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A truly dreadful book written in the first tense that would not pass muster in the old Boys Own Paper - a remarkable man indeed and Popski himself wrote a fine book that covered many of the adventures that are so poorly portrayed in Park Yunnie's risable attempt
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Good to read an alternative account of Popski's Private Army.
Not quite as entertaining as Peniakoff's book but probably more factually accurate.
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the view of another member of the troop, that fought sometimes behind enemy lines in africa, & also Italy in w.w.2
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