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The Small Scale Raiding Force

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Author: Brian Lett
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1781593949
Size: 50.35 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 216
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Book Description: The Small Scale Raiding Force (SSRF) was formed in February 1942 by Gus March Phillips with Major General Gubbins SOE European chief's approval. March-Phillips and his Maid of Honor Force had just had complete success with their operation (POSTMASTER) off West Africa.??Equipped with a specially adapted motor torpedo boat, the SSRF immediately started planning for operations. Op FROUDESLEY, with the aim of destroying the battleship Tirpitz ran into technical problems and was delayed but, in August and September, three daring cross Channel missions were successfully carried out without loss. The author describes these and the disastrous fourth operation (ACQUATINT) when all 10 SSRF men, including March-Phillips were killed or captured.??Despite this hammerblow, SSRF now commanded by Geoffrey Appleyard made two raids on Sark a week later. Again their story is fully told in this fascinating book along with those of three further 1942 raids.??Inter-service rivalry ('the war within') led to the break-up of the SSRF in early 1943. The Author describes the many colourful characters who made up this special force including Anders Lassen VC, Graham Hayes and Andre Desgranges, the Free Frenchman whom the Gestapo 'turned'.??This superbly researched book lifts the veil on a little known but highly effective special force unit and the gallant individuals who served in it.??As seen in Dorset Magazine.?Book of the Month - Britain at War Magazine, April 2014


Confessions Of A Special Agent

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Author: Jack Evans
Publisher: Frontline Books
ISBN: 9781526739940
Size: 16.41 MB
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Languages : en
Pages : 256
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Book Description: Many are the tales of young men lying about their age to join the Army, yet Jack Evans sought far more at the age of just possibly just seventeen - to act behind enemy lines as an agent of the Special Operations Executive. Evans had joined the RAF in 1940, despite being well under the legal age, and two years later was recruited into the SOE as a member of the Small Scale Raiding Force. Evans related his experiences with the SOE to author Ernest Dudley in the 1950s, in which he describes his training, including learning how to jump by parachute in preparation for an operation into France - though he was withdrawn from the operation when his true age was disclosed. He then joined the SSRF, taking part in a number of raids upon Occupied France. Evans was then transferred to the Brandon Mission in Africa. This involved an eight-man team being parachuted into Tunisia to attack a railway line. In 1943 he was promoted to the rank of captain and parachuted into France, only to be captured by the Germans and imprisoned in Stalag Luft III for the remainder of the war. Evans suffered considerable mental trauma from his time behind enemy lines and his internment at the hands of the Germans and was unable to settle into normal civilian life. His astonishing story, written so soon after the end of the war, was considered in many respects to be ahead of its time.


Commandos And Rangers Of World War Ii

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Author: James Ladd
Publisher:
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Size: 68.58 MB
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Category : Great Britain
Languages : en
Pages : 288
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Book Description: Special Styrker; Special Forces; Landing Crafts; Special Service Brigade(UK); Special Service Group(UK); Commando(UK); Royal Marine Commando(UK); Middle East Commando(UK); Chindits; Marine Raider Regiment(US); Marine Raider Battalion(US); Ranger Battalion(US); Darby's Rangers(US); Special Service Force(US); American Air Commando(US); Merrill's Marauders; Guerillakrigsførelse; Irregulær Krigsførelse; Ukonventionel Krigsførelse; Commando Fiji Guerillas; Landing Crafts Obstruction Clearance Units; Special Boat Section; Combined Operations Assault Pilotage Parties; COPPs; Sea Reconnaissance Unit; RM Boom Patrol Detachment; Small Scale Raiding Force; Special Raiding Squadron; Raiding Force Middle East; RM Detachment 385; Small Operation Group; RN Beach Commandos; Combined Operations Scout Units; RAF Servicing Commandos; Anzio; Arzew; Air Support; Dieppe Raid; Demolitions; Churchill; Clogstoun-Willmott; Bruneval; Camuflage; Darby; Dives River; Lauenburg; Komrower; Keyes, R.; Jellicoe; Hardy; Guadalcanal; Gustav Line; Durnford-Salter, J.; El Alamein; Garigliano River; Rhinen; Norge; Ouistreham; Parachute Troops; Phuket; Normandy; Naval Support; Myebon; Murray; Mountbatten; Manners, J.C.; Mills-Roberts; Montgomery; Maas River; Lovat; Laycock; Jugoslavien; Wingate; Weasel LVT; Weatherall; Tobruk; Sicilien; Schweningen; St. Honorine; St. Nazaire; Salerno; Singapore


The Commandos

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Author: Charles Messenger
Publisher: William Collins
ISBN: 9780008168971
Size: 61.11 MB
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Languages : en
Pages : 448
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Book Description: The definitive and thrilling history of those who wore the famous green beret. COMMANDO is the definitive history of the units raised to answer Winston Churchill s call to arms: Enterprises much be prepared with specially trained troops of the hunter class, who can develop a reign of terror. These units and their courageous operations would take many forms, including the spectacular assaults of the Small Scale Raiding Force, No. 30 Commando s shadowy intelligence-gathering, and the highly secret missions of X Troop. Acclaimed military historian Charles Messenger follows these elite forces from the snowy wastes of Norway to the jungles of South-East Asia, from North Africa and Operation Torch to the Normandy beaches and Operation Overlord. The result, based on extensive research as well as interviews and correspondence with former Commandos, is the true and thrilling story of those who wore the famous green beret."


From Postmaster To Aquatint

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Author: Gérard Fournier
Publisher: Orep Edition & Communication
ISBN: 9782915762051
Size: 30.84 MB
Format: PDF
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 331
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Book Description: Eight months after the extraordinary success of operation Postmaster, in which a British commando, led by Captain Gustavus March-Phillips, had kidnapped three Axis vessels in Fernando Po Harbour in Spanish Guinea, the Small Scale Raiding Force headed towards Normandy, in their Royal Navy speed boat, on the night of the 12th of September 1942.


The Lost Band Of Brothers

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Author: Tom Keene
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0750963581
Size: 23.71 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 256
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Book Description: They were Britain’s Second World War ‘Band of Brothers’, a secret army of fifty handpicked, cross-Channel raiders who carried the fight to the enemy shore long before D-Day. Created after the fall of Dunkirk, they commandeered a Brixham fishing boat and planned clandestine attacks on German warships in the Channel. But not all their enemies wore German uniform. Thwarted by rivals working for Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), the unit sailed to West Africa where, as part of Special Operations Executive (SOE), they carried out an audacious top-secret raid on neutral shipping. Returning to Britain in triumph and feted now by Churchill himself, they expanded into the Small Scale Raiding Force. In almost twenty daring missions for Combined Operations, whilst operating from a secret manor house in Dorset, they raided German outposts, kidnapped sentries, ambushed patrols and shot prisoners, all the while sowing fear and havoc along the rim of Hitler’s Fortress Europe. Britain’s Band of Brothers is their story of courage and comradeship, of patriotism, tragedy and dawn-cold courage, told here in full for the first time.


Anders Lassen Vc Mc Of The Sas

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Author: Mike Langley
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1473879531
Size: 20.23 MB
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 256
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Book Description: The story of Anders Lassen is one of the most amazing and heroic of the Second World War indeed in the history of the British armed services. He was awarded no less than three Military Crosses and the SAS regiments only Victoria Cross. From the day he stalked and killed a stag armed only with a knife, Lassen had been recognized as quite unique. He took part in a series of extraordinary strikes against the Axis powers in West Africa, Normandy, the Channel Islands, the Aegean and Greece, the Balkans and, finally, in Italy. This classic biography of a remarkable warrior, which was first published in 1988, is based on interviews with Lassens fellow soldiers and a wealth of original research. It covers each stage of Lassens short, brilliant career in vivid detail and offers a penetrating insight into the exceptional courage, confidence and single-minded motivation that lay behind Lassens extraordinary exploits. Mike Langley also reconstructs, using the testimony of survivors, the operation in which Lassen was killed and for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.


Military Review

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Size: 36.32 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
Category : Military art and science
Languages : en
Pages :
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Britain S Band Of Brothers

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Author: Tom Keene
Publisher: The History Press
ISBN: 0750954949
Size: 57.19 MB
Format: PDF, ePub
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 128
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Book Description: They were Britain’s Second World War ‘Band of Brothers’, a secret army of fifty handpicked, cross-Channel raiders who carried the fight to the enemy shore long before D-Day. Created after the fall of Dunkirk, they commandeered a Brixham fishing boat and planned clandestine attacks on German warships in the Channel. But not all their enemies wore German uniform. Thwarted by rivals working for Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), the unit sailed to West Africa where, as part of Special Operations Executive (SOE), they carried out an audacious top-secret raid on neutral shipping. Returning to Britain in triumph and feted now by Churchill himself, they expanded into the Small Scale Raiding Force. In almost twenty daring missions for Combined Operations, whilst operating from a secret manor house in Dorset, they raided German outposts, kidnapped sentries, ambushed patrols and shot prisoners, all the while sowing fear and havoc along the rim of Hitler’s Fortress Europe. Britain’s Band of Brothers is their story of courage and comradeship, of patriotism, tragedy and dawn-cold courage, told here in full for the first time.


Special Forces Hero

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Author: THOMAS. HARDER
Publisher: Pen & Sword Military
ISBN: 9781526787514
Size: 44.13 MB
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Languages : en
Pages :
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Book Description: Until the German occupation of his native Denmark in April 1940 Anders Lassen had no interest in the War. Yet over the next five years he became a highly decorated Special Forces legend and the only non-Commonwealth recipient of the Victoria Cross.After taking part in a mutiny on board a Danish ship, he made his way to Scotland. He first joined the Special Operations Executive before serving with the Small Scale Raiding Force, Special Air Service and Special Boat Service. He took part in the daring Operation Postmaster, off West Africa, and raided the Channel Islands and the Normandy coast. He saw most action in Eastern Mediterranean, fighting in Crete, the Dodecanese, Yugoslavia, mainland Greece and finally Italy.In April 1945, now a major aged 24, he was killed at Lake Comacchio, where his gallantry earned him his posthumous VC.This superb biography is not just a worthy tribute to an outstanding soldier, but a superb account of the numerous special force operations Anders was involved in.


Beaulieu

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Author: Cyril Cunningham
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1783032170
Size: 38.14 MB
Format: PDF
Category : History
Languages : en
Pages : 224
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Book Description: This book is the outcome of a difficult investigation, and a very remarkable story it is too. It was at Beaulieu that a large number of agents from Britain and the Nazi-occupied countries of Europe were trained in the delicate arts of secret inks, coding, clandestine communications and black propoganda, along with such nefarious skills as silent killing, housebreaking, safe-blowing, forgery, unattributable sabotage and survival techniques. And they were taught by some extraordinary characters including former spies, a professional burglar and the infamous Kim Philby, who played a significant role in the design of the curriculum.


Soe S Mastermind

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Author: Brian Lett
Publisher: Pen and Sword
ISBN: 1473863821
Size: 32.58 MB
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Category : Biography & Autobiography
Languages : en
Pages : 288
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Book Description: For those with even a passing interest in the Second World War, the name Colin Gubbins is synonymous with the Special Operations Executive (SOE). This is not surprising as from its creation in late 1940 at Prime Minister Winston Churchills command to set Europe ablaze, Gubbins was the driving force behind SOE. Over the next four years as, first, Operations and Training Director (codename M) and, from 1943, its Commander (CD) he masterminded every aspect of its worldwide covert operations.Remarkably this is the first full biography of the man whose contribution to victory ranks in the premier league. The Authors research and access to family archives reveal the experiences in The Great War and later in Russia, Ireland, Poland and as Head of British Resistance that made Gubbins such a pivotal and influential wartime figure.The result is a fascinating biography that reveals as much about SOEs extraordinary activities as it does about the man who inspired and commanded them.