Pen and Sword Books: SAS Trooper by Francis Mackay

SAS Trooper
SAS Trooper (4 reviews)
Charlie Radford's Operations in Enemy-Occupied France and Italy
by Francis Mackay
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Found in: World War Two Books
Hardback
208 pages
ISBN: 9781848843998
Published: 22 August 2011
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A pre-war Sapper, Charlie Radford served in North Africa until he returned to the UK for parachute training. He volunteered and joined 2SAS in Scotland. His first behind-the-lines operation was in France (Op RUPERT) cutting railway lines and he then took park in Operation LOYTON, now in armed jeeps. His next assignment (Operation ZOMBIE) involved parachuting into the Italian Dolomites to disrupt the vital German link North of Verona between Italy and Austria.

This operation ended in failure due tofool hardy leadership, inadequate manning and poor preparation. His OC was captured, tortured and executed but Charlie escaped to live with the Partisans before being repatriated to the UK. After the war he returned to France to help with the exhumation and reburial of SAS men executed in the Vosges mountains. Postwar he served in Kenya and Somaliland and his experiences there form an interesting epilogue.

But SAS Trooper is first and foremost a thrilling account of Special Force soldiering told from the perspective of a young man who more than did his duty under the most testing conditions. Those who imagine that this was a glamorous role in war need only read of the shortcomings of preparation and leadership that led to the disastrous failure of Operation ZOMBIE and the hardships and dangers of fighting with the ruthless Partisans in the Dolomites.
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This is an interesting autobiography examining the British experience of the Second World War from a slightly different viewpoint - that of a pre-war long-service army man rather than the more normal wartime entry, with... [read full review]
www.historyofwar.org
Francis Mackay has edited Charlie Radford's wartime autobiographical notes to form this very readable volume. Mackay is well suited for the task being both an established military and SAS author as well as an expert... [read full review]
Mars and Minerva
SAS Trooper is a fascinating read for its realistic portrayal of war and life in Teignmouth in the 1920s and 30s.
Mid-Devon Advertiser
This book is a must read for anyone interested in the SAS of WW2.
It is also an excellent companion to the other new release the SAS in Tuscany.
WW2 Connection.com
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