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Commandos : the definitive history of Commando operations in the Second World War

Author: Charles Messenger
Publisher: London William Collins, 2016. ©2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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SECOND WORLD WAR. The definitive and thrilling history of those who wore the famous green beret. THE COMMANDOS: 1940-1946 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Messenger
ISBN: 9780008168971 0008168970
OCLC Number: 950453431
Description: 448 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
1. In the beginning (The independent companies ; The commandos are born ; The fist raids ; Rationalisation of raiding forces) 2. A year of frustration: 1941 (Operation Claymore ; New commando organisation ; The Maid Honor ; Small raids 1941 ; GHQ home forces and commando operations ; Enter Mountbatten ; Anklet and Archery) 3. The Middle East commandos: 1940-1 (Early operations ; East Africa ; The Dodecanese) 4. Layforce and after (Crete ; Litani River ; Disbandment of Layforce ; The raid on Rommel's headquarters ; Aftermath in the Middle East) 5. The Mountbatten era: 1842 (Enter the Royal Marines ; Achnacarry ; Saint Nazaire ; Madagascar ; Enter the RN Commandos ; No. 10 (Inter Allied) Commando ; Dieppe ; Small scale raiding force ; Operation Torch ; No. 30 Commando ; Further expansion ; Operation Frankton) 6. The Mediterranean (Tunisia ; Husky ; Preparations for Italy ; Baytwon ; Avalanche ; Termoli ; Reorganisation ; No. 30 Commando and the Italian landings ; Final 1943 operations) 7. Towards Overlord: January 1943 --
June 1944 (Further reorganisation ; Small scale raiding ; Later 1943 ; The run up to Overlord) 8. From Normandy to the Elbe (Fighting in the Bocage ; No 30 Commando in Normandy ; Pause for breath ; Walcheren ; The overrunning of Germany) 9. Italy and the Adriatic: 1944-5 (Anzio ; Monte Ornito ; Return to Anzio ; The island of Vis ; Albania ; Greek interlude ; Montenegro ; Lake Commachio) 10. South-east Asia (Small Operations Group ; Akyab, Myebon and Kangaw ; No 30 Commando activities in South-east Asia) --
11. Appraisal and aftermath.
Responsibility: Charles Messenger.

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`Magnificent', Major General Julian Thompson, commander of 3 Commando Brigade during the Falklands War`Excellent', Daily Mail

 
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