Special Forces in World War II

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Commando is the all action history of World War II's toughest troops, and is the complete untold story of victory against overwhelming odds.

Kenneth Macksey offers the details of St Nazaire, Bruneval, Dieppe as well as the key players, such as Stirling, Lovat and Carlson. Macksey skilfully provides a study of the lesser-known figures, such as Edson, Appleyard and Pickney, bringing to life their courage and determination while celebrating the sailors who enabled the raiders to reach their destinations.

Commando is a gripping narrative, tracing the actions of the fearless men who served as Allied commandos for the Combined Operations department during the war.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Beside the Seaside
Chapter 2: First Strike
Chapter 3: 'Fourth Arm' or Ministry of Defence
Chapter 4: Men, Weapons and Craft
Chapter 5: From Tomato to Dudley – the Winter of Frustration
Chapter 6: The Shadow of Abolition
Chapter 7: New Directive, Change of Direction
Chapter 8: Trend Setters
Chapter 9: Wasting Assets
Chapter 10: 'Second Front Now'
Chapter 11: The New Team
Chapter 12: Raids Sour – With a Pinch of Sweetness
Chapter 13: Biting
Chapter 14: Masterpiece and Mishap
Chapter 15: The American Contention
Chapter 16: Canoeists, Raiders, Rangers and Marines
Chapter 17: Frustration
Chapter 18: Muddle at Makin
Chapter 19: Dieppe – the Essential Experiment
Chapter 20: Small Raiding Intensified
Chapter 21: Mediterranean Turning Point
Chapter 22: By Horsa and Cockle
Chapter 23: Setting a New Course
Chapter 24: The Hornet's Nest
Chapter 25: Flow and Ebb in the Pacific
Chapter 26: Overtures to Invasion
Chapter 27: Mediterranean Raiders' Paradise
Chapter 28: Hit and Miss in the Far East
Chapter 29: Beginning Without End

Extract from Allies at Dieppe

Product details

Published Jul 20 2013
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 240
ISBN 9781782004028
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 19 b/w
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Kenneth Macksey

Kenneth Macksey was a distinguished British author…


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