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In the dark days of 1940, following the fall of France and the evacuation of Dunkirk, the invasion of Great Britain by the Nazi war machine was imminent. To defend his country, Churchill boldly ordered the raising of a new elite fighting force to take the fight to the enemy by harassing them in Europe with small, specially trained raiding parties that would boldly attack targets along the extended Nazi-held European coastline, from Norway to France. This elite force was to be called The Commandos.
The succession of daring raids on occupied Europe raised the Allies' flagging morale and made the Commandos one of the most respected - and feared - units of World War II. Sixty-nine years on, this book tells the extraordinary story of the training of that elite force. It traces the development of the extreme and often unorthodox training methods and techniques used to prepare for a wide range of operations and instil the indomitable fighting spirit with which the name "Commando" became synonymous.
Written by a founder member of the Commandos, this book also provides a unique insight into the lives of the men who pioneered this new style of military training which introduced such new military subjects as unarmed combat, cliff assaults, mountain warfare, amphibious landings from small boats and parachuting.
"Commando training" has since become the foundation for secret service and elite forces around the world. As well as being a book of significant interest to military historians, The British Commandos holds valuable lessons for all those - military and civilian - in leadership and adventure training today and yet, at the same time, offers a fascinating story to interest all readers.
  • AUTHOR: Dunning, J
  • FORMAT: 224pp Bw 216x138 Pb
  • Code: 16167

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