Storm from the Sea (Greenhill Military Paperback) Paperback – 8 May 2002
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About the Author
Peter Young, DSO, MC, served in 3 Commando in World War II. He later commanded a regiment in the Arab Legion and taught at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
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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In short a highly readable and dramatic romp which is also a valuable historical document.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.
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
- Normandie and
A must buy if you like Commandos
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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.
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