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Memoirs of a Fighting Commando in World War Two by Durnford-Slater, John Code: 59228 Format: Paperback / 240 pages Publication date: 15/07/2020 Availability: Future Publication. Pre-order now. Due date: July 2020 Price: AU $29.99
"Commando" is the real and exciting story of one of the most important units of World War II. The Commando unit played an important role in Britain's successes and, here, Durnford-Slater gives his first-hand and unique point of view on everything that happened. Brigadier Durnford-Slater raised and trained the first Commando unit in 1940, and Commando tells the brilliant story of an outstanding leader and some of the most courageous exploits of the Second World War. In 1940, 3 Commando was created to harry opposition forces in raids impossible for regular army units. Durnford-Slater led No. 3 Commando on an exploratory operation in Guernsey in summer 1940, and never looked back after that. From there, No. 3 Commando orchestrated raids on the Loften Islands and Vaagso in Norway and Dieppe, as well as operations in Sicily, Italy, France and Germany. The commandos were so effective at creating destruction that Hitler personally ordered that all fighters captured during these missions be executed. Despite this immense threat, the commandos' spirit remained undented and extremely high. This excellent, first-hand account explains the creation of Commando, the nature of their operations, the high level of camaraderie between the men and the effect that they had on the course of the War. It is an exciting and instructive guide to what really went on with Commando. AUTHOR: Brigadier John Durnford-Slater was the British Army officer who raised the first Army commando unit during World War II. Born into a military family in Devon, Durnford-Slater graduated from the Royal Military Academy as a second lieutenant, before his first posting in India. At the outbreak of World War II he was serving as captain of an anti-aircraft unit in England. In June 1940, he responded to calls for new recruits to a special force to carry out raids along the French coast. He was promoted with the task of raising and recruiting No. 3 Commando. It was an immense success. Durnford-Slater was closely involved in planning the D-Day raid, where he was made a brigadier, and he spent the remainder of the war moving between France, Germany and the UK. After the war, he reverted to the rank of captain before retiring in 1946 with the honorary rank of brigadier. He died in 1972. Neil Barber is the author of four books relating to the commandos in World War II and he has researched and visited numerous battlefields. 32 b/w illustrations
Format: Paperback
Pages: 240
Illustration: B&W THROUGHOUT
Availability: Future Publication. Pre-order now. Due date: July 2020
Publication date: 15/07/2020
Country of publication: UNITED KINGDOM
Weight: 0 g
Dimensions: 234mm X 156mm
Code: 59228