The SAS in World War II

  • Filename: the-sas-in-world-war-ii.
  • ISBN: 9781472808776
  • Release Date: 2015-06-20
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Gavin Mortimer
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



The SAS are among the best-trained and most effective Special Forces units in existence. This book is the incredible story of their origins, told in their own words. During the summer of 1941, a young Scots Guard officer called David Stirling persuaded MEHQ to give its backing to a small band of 60 men christened 'L Detachment'. With a wealth of stunning photographs, many from the SAS Regimental Archives, the book captures the danger and excitement of the initial SAS raids against Axis airfields during the Desert War, the battles in Italy and those following the D-Day landings, as well as the dramatic final push into Germany itself and the discovery of such Nazi horrors as Belsen. An exhaustive account of an elite organization's formative years, The SAS in World War II is the fruit of Gavin Mortimer's expertise and his unprecedented access to the SAS Regimental Archives. Incorporating interviews with the surviving veterans, it is the definitive account of the regiment's glorious achievements in the years from 1941 to 1945.

Stirling s Men

  • Filename: stirling-s-men.
  • ISBN: 0304367060
  • Release Date: 2007-05-01
  • Number of pages: 388
  • Author: Gavin Mortimer
  • Publisher: Phoenix



The first ever officially sanctioned history of the SAS in World War II A riveting history book that reads like a novel, STIRLING'S MEN investigates the story of the SAS from its creation by David Stirling to the last battles of World War II. This is the first account of the SAS to be officially supported by the veterans and based on their unique first-hand testimony. Gavin Mortimer weaves their stories together to produce a fabulous page-turning narrative that will capture the imagination.

The SBS in World War II

  • Filename: the-sbs-in-world-war-ii.
  • ISBN: 9781472811158
  • Release Date: 2016-05-19
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Gavin Mortimer
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



The Special Boat Squadron was Britain's most exclusive Special Forces unit during World War II. Highly trained, totally secretive and utterly ruthless, the SBS was established as an entity in its own right in early 1943. Unlike its sister unit, which numbered more than 1,000 men, the SBS never comprised more than 100. Led by men such as the famed Victoria Cross recipient Anders Lassen, the SBS went from island to island in the Mediterranean, landing in the dead of night in small fishing boats and launching savage hit and run raids on the Germans. Through unrivalled access to the SBS archives and interviews with the surviving members of the unit, Gavin Mortimer has pieced together the largely forgotten dramatic exploits of this elite fighting force. In this new and updated edition, featuring a plate section of photographs and additional content including new text, the unit and its members are finally granted the recognition that they so richly deserve.

The Long Range Desert Group in World War II

  • Filename: the-long-range-desert-group-in-world-war-ii.
  • ISBN: 9781472819345
  • Release Date: 2017-04-20
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Gavin Mortimer
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



Established in June 1940, as the brainchild of scientist and soldier Major Ralph Bagnold, a contemporary of Lawrence of Arabia, the Long Range Desert Group (LRDG) allowed the British Army to gain a crucial advantage in the North African Front of World War II. Traversing great swathes of the desert that had never before been explored by Europeans, the LRDG was able to launch hit-and-run raids against remote enemy targets such as the fort and airfield at Murzuk. From December 1941 until the end of the Desert War in May 1943, the LRDG carried out numerous missions in tandem with the Special Air Service, using their unparalleled knowledge of the desert to navigate the SAS to enemy airfields on which attacks would be launched. As well as in Africa, the LRDG also fought in the Aegean, undertaking numerous dangerous missions in Yugoslavia, Albania, Italy and Greece, displaying their extraordinary versatility by operating in boats, on foot and by parachute. Using never-before-published photographs and archival material, interviews with surviving veterans who have never before gone on record regarding their wartime exploits, and special access to the SAS archives, Gavin Mortimer tells the story of the origins and dramatic operations of Britain's first ever special forces unit.

The U S Army in World War II

  • Filename: the-u-s-army-in-world-war-ii.
  • ISBN: IND:30000116784160
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Author: Steve Crawford
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Incorporated



Introducing the first volume in a new series, The Stories Behind the Photos

The Daring Dozen

  • Filename: the-daring-dozen.
  • ISBN: 9781780964553
  • Release Date: 2012-06-20
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Gavin Mortimer
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



In this new book, 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.

The U S Marine Corps in World War II

  • Filename: the-u-s-marine-corps-in-world-war-ii.
  • ISBN: 1597971316
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Author: Steve Crawford
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Incorporated



Troops of the 82nd Airborne Division look over the wreckage of one of their gliders during Operation Market Garden; two soldiers lie dead. A Marine Corps howitzer crew opens fire on a cave full of Japanese soldiers on Tinian. Three German soldiers, caught operating as spies during the Battle of the Bulge, face a U.S. Army firing squad. Weary Marines get a brief rest amid the utter devastation of Tarawa. All such World War II photographs demand further explanation. Each book in the series "The Stories Behind the Photos" takes sixty stunning black-and-white photographs and tells their stories in two-page spreads. Accompanying each photo is a reduced version containing call-out numbers keyed to the caption's text. This detailed 200-word caption tells the full story of what's happening in the photograph, how it fits with the subject matter, and what happened next to the individuals shown. Simple but at the same time very effective, each book in the series combines the broad sweep of military events with unique human interest stories. "The Stories Behind the Photos" series will appeal to military buffs and casual readers alike.

Stirling s Desert Triumph

  • Filename: stirling-s-desert-triumph.
  • ISBN: 9781472807656
  • Release Date: 2015-04-20
  • Number of pages: 80
  • Author: Gavin Mortimer
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



The night of July 26, 1942 saw one of the most audacious raids of World War II, just as the outcome of that conflict hung in the balance. In North Africa, a convoy of 18 Allied jeeps carrying Special Air Service personnel appeared out of the early-morning darkness and drove onto the Axis landing strip at Sidi Haneish in the Egyptian desert. Within the space of a few savage minutes 18 Axis aircraft were ablaze; a dozen more were damaged and scores of guards lay dead or wounded. The men responsible for the raid then vanished into the night as swiftly as they had arrived, prompting the Germans to dub the enemy leader, David Stirling, 'The Phantom Major'. Featuring full-colour artwork, gripping narrative and incisive analysis, this engaging study recounts the origins, planning, execution and aftermath of the daring raid that made the name of the SAS at the height of World War II.

Secret Operations of the SAS

  • Filename: secret-operations-of-the-sas.
  • ISBN: 1844150062
  • Release Date: 2003
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Mike Ryan
  • Publisher: Leo Cooper Books



Secret Operations of the SAS charts the early days of 'the regiment', and follows their major combat actions right through to their current deployment in the war against terrorism. The book begins with the SAS in North Africa in World War II, before describing operations in the Mediterranean and north-west Europe. It then traces the reformation of the SAS in the early 1950s, and its deployment in Malaya and Borneo against the communist guerrillas. It covers the operations in Aden and Oman, before detailing the role of the SAS in protecting the security of the British Isles - particularly in Northern Ireland and the Iranian Embassy siege in 1980. The book describes the regiment's involvement in the 1982 Falklands conflict, plus vital role that the SAS played in hunting Iraqi SCUD missiles in the 1991 Gulf War and UN operations in the Balkans and Sierra Leone, dramatically rescuing British hostages. actions of the SAS after the incidents of 11 September 2001, overthrowing the Taliban and the unit's attempts to find Osama Bin Laden and Aal-Qaeda terrorists. With specially commissioned colour artworks and rare action photographs, Secret Operations of the SAS is a highly-illustrated guide to the combat history of the SAS. Selling Points * A complete, highly-illustrated history of the SAS in action from the deserts of North Africa in World War II to the present day. * Includes unique coverage of recent SAS involvement in the Balkans, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. * Featuring rarely-seen photographs and specially-commissioned full-colour artworks of key battles in the units history. Author details Mike Ryan is the managing director of AVPRO Ltd, a specialist firm that designs and builds equipment for special forces use. He is the co-author of Chariots of the Damned, an account of US aircrew rescue operations from Vietnam to the present day, and the Encyclopaedia of the World's Special Forces. He lives in London

Daggers Drawn

  • Filename: daggers-drawn.
  • ISBN: 0752466062
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Mike Morgan
  • Publisher: History PressLtd



The story of the SAS's finest moments in World War II, updated with new, previously unpublished SAS stories and interviews Thirty vivid stories, supported by an updated selection of rare archive and action photographs, explore the larger-than-life escapades of the Special Air Service in World War II. From an SAS Jeep patrol in France, outnumbered 50-to-one, who shot their way out to safety in their bullet-riddled vehicle and killed a quarter of their SS opposition, to an SAS soldier who talked his way through enemy roadblocks in North Africa in full British uniform and tore a strip off the guard for neglecting to check his papers, this is a comprehensive collection of all the best stories in one book.

Uniforms of World War II

  • Filename: uniforms-of-world-war-ii.
  • ISBN: 9780785833680
  • Release Date: 2016-01-25
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Peter Darman
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books



This book is an illustrated collection of 260 of the most interesting and distinctive uniforms worn by troops on land, sea, and in the air, in World War I. The many different varieties of badges and rank insignia of each national army are also shown and described in detail. Grouped together by country, each entry is illustrated with a large, full color artwork which shows the uniform to maximum effect. Each artwork is accompanied by a description of what the figure is wearing and why, and the typical weapons and any other equipment he would have carried. Each entry has a specifications box which gives the date, unit, rank, theater, and exact location of the uniform illustrated. Many of the artworks are based on famous individuals who fought in the war, and any interesting and 'personal' adaptations to the uniforms are shown. Both the artworks and the text have been carefully researched, making this book a unique and fascinating collection of the military clothing worn by the armies, navies, and air forces of the world between 1939 and 1945.

Warrior Elite

  • Filename: warrior-elite.
  • ISBN: 9780733632327
  • Release Date: 2015-08-25
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Robert Macklin
  • Publisher: Hachette UK



A compelling account of Australia's intelligence organisations and special forces - from the early days of the commandos during World War II through to the SAS of today and the cyber wars of the future. From the co-author of SAS Sniper. Warrior Elite is a unique and compelling account of Australia's special forces and intelligence operations - ranging from the early special forces of World War II to the establishment and development of the SAS and Commando Regiments as the elite fighters of today, and from the Australian Security Intelligence Service to the Australian Signals Directorate and ASIO. It is an authoritative, gripping and thoroughly up-to-date account of both the history and current state of our special forces and intelligence bodies - and gives a unique glimpse into the warfare of the future. Our future. Robert Macklin has conducted dozens of exclusive interviews and uncovered incredible, daring and sometimes heartbreaking stories of the elite troops that guard our nation and engage in secret operations around the world. He has had significant cooperation from numerous sources within the special forces and the various intelligence agencies. Both thoroughly researched and colourfully written, Warrior Elite will attract the reader of action memoirs as well as those interested in broader military history and espionage.

Tanks of World War II

  • Filename: tanks-of-world-war-ii.
  • ISBN: 0760309361
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 96
  • Author: Steve Crawford
  • Publisher: Zenith Press



Complete specifications and photos for legendary American, British, and German vessels, as well as lesser-known ships.

Special Operations and Strategy

  • Filename: special-operations-and-strategy.
  • ISBN: 9781135989897
  • Release Date: 2006-07-29
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: James D. Kiras
  • Publisher: Routledge



James D. Kiras shows how a number of different special operations, in conjunction with more conventional military actions, achieve and sustain strategic effect(s) over time. In particular, he argues that the root of effective special operations lies in understanding the relationship existing between moral and material attrition at the strategic level. He also presents a theoretical framework for understanding how special operations achieve strategic effects using a unique synthesis of strategic theory and case studies. This study shows how the key to understanding how special operations reside in the concept of strategic attrition and in the moral and material nature of strategy. It also highlights major figures such as Carl von Clausewitz, Hans Delbrück, and Mao Zedong, who understood these complexities and were experts in eroding an enemy’s will to fight. These and other examples provide a superb explanation of the complexities of modern strategy and the place of special operations in a war of attrition. This book will be of great interest to all students and scholars with an interest in special forces and of strategic and military studies in general.

Posters of World War II

  • Filename: posters-of-world-war-ii.
  • ISBN: 0785828524
  • Release Date: 2011-07-01
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Peter Darman
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books



Over 200 exciting full color posters from World War II, each one accompanied by a caption describing its origins, design, and purpose. The posters cover a wide range of topics, such as recruitment, security, finance, food, and hygiene. Contains posters sourced from European and US archives, both Axis and Allied, and shows how posters played a vital function in disseminating information to the civilian population.

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