Pen and Sword Books: Commando Tactics by Stephen Bull

Commando Tactics
Commando Tactics (6 reviews)
The Second World War
by Stephen Bull
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Found in: World War Two Books
Normandy/D-Day Books
Hardback
224 pages
ISBN: 9781848840744
Published: 15 November 2010
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British commandos are among the most celebrated soldiers of the Second World War. Their daring, ingenuity and bravery have given rise to an almost legendary reputation that makes it difficult to appreciate fully their role and their true value as fighting men. Stephen Bull, in this in-depth study of commando tactics and history, seeks to dispel the myths and the misunderstandings that surround them, and he places these elite troops of 70 years ago in the context of their times. He also demonstrates that the idea of the commando took time to develop – and that commando operations were far from always successful. Commando tactics – amphibious, mountain, close quarter – were forged through the often-painful experience of raids and combined operations. And commando tactics and organization remained in a state of flux throughout the war as new situations and challenges arose. Stephen Bull's vivid account will be essential reading for anyone who is interested in commando fighting techniques and the early history of special forces.

Dr Stephen Bull is currently Curator of Military History and Archaeology for Lancashire Museums. He has previously worked at the National Army Museum, and for the BBC in London. He is the author of more than twenty military and historical titles published in Europe and the US, and he has appeared in the TV series Battlefield Detectives. Among his many publications are An Historical Guide to Arms and Armour, Volunteer! The Lancashire Rifle Volunteers 1859-1885, Brassey's History of Uniforms: World War One British Army, World War I Trench Warfare, Encyclopedia of Military Technology and Innovation, World War II Infantry Tactics and World War II Jungle Warfare Tactics.
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An in-depth study of commando tactics training and actions that these elite troops took part in. Raised at Churchill's request these units took part in some of the most hard fought battles of world war... [read full review]
WW2 Connection.com
The British Commandos were one of the most famous Special Forces units of the Second World War, even though the Army Commandos were disbanded almost immediately at the end of the conflict.

Bull... [read full review]

History of War Website
As Stephen Bull quite rightly states in this book, the word ‘Commando‘ has become common currency for all kinds of special forces operations.

The ‘commando’ concept originated from the Boer War, when Dutch-descended ‘Kommando‘... [read full review]

Daly History Blog
In this in-depth study of commando tactics and history, the author examines the myths and the misunderstandings that surround them, and he places these troops in the context of their times. He also demonstrates that... [read full review]
Britain at War
This in depth study of commando tactics and history, seeks to dispel the myths and the misunderstandings that surround them, placing these elite troops of 70 years ago in the context of their times. This... [read full review]
reenacting ww2
An excellent introduction to the formation of the British commandos in WW2 - a field of warfare where Britain led the way. The book maintains a good balance between narrative and analysis, and is readily... [read full review]
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About Stephen Bull
Dr Stephen Bull is currently Curator of Military History and Archaeology for Lancashire Museums. He has previously worked at the National Army Museum, and for the BBC in London. He is the author of more than twenty military and historical titles published in Europe and the US, and he has appeared in the TV series Battlefield Detectives. Among his many publications are An Historical Guide to Arms and Armour, Volunteer! The Lancashire Rifle Volunteers 1859-1885, Brassey's History of Uniforms: World War One British Army, World War I Trench Warfare, Encyclopedia of Military Technology and Innovation, World War II Infantry Tactics, World War II Jungle Warfare Tactics and Commando Tactics: The Second World War.
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