The Daring Dozen

12 Special Forces Legends of World War II

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The Daring Dozen

12 Special Forces Legends of World War II


Gavin Mortimer reveals the 12 legendary Special Forces commanders of World War II.

Prior to the war, the concept of 'special forces' simply didn't exist, but thanks to visionary leaders like David Stirling and Charles Hunter, our very concept of how wars can be fought and won has totally changed.

These 12 men not only reshaped military policy, but they led from the front, accompanying their troops into battle, from the sands of North Africa to jumping on D-Day and infiltrating behind enemy lines.

Mortimer also offers a skilful analysis of their qualities as military commanders and the true impact that their own personal actions, as well as those of their units, had on the eventual outcome of the war.

Table of Contents


Anders Lassen Special Boat Squadron
David Stirling Special Air Service
Edson Raff 82ND Airborne
Evans Carlson Marine Raiders
Robert Frederick 1ST Special Service Force
Paddy Mayne Special Raiding Squadron
Ralph Bagnold Long Range Desert Group
Junio Valerio Borghese Tenth Light Flotilla
Baron von der Heydte Fallschirmjäger
Adrian von Fölkersam Brandenburgers
Orde Wingate Chindits
Charles Hunter 5307th Composite Unit


Product details

Published 20 Jun 2012
Format Ebook (Epub & Mobi)
Edition 1st
Extent 304
ISBN 9781780964553
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 15 b/w; 5 col
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Gavin Mortimer

Gavin Mortimer is a writer, historian and televisi…


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