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Anders Lassen VC, MC** of the SAS (Hardback)

Military > SAS & Special Forces Military > Victoria Crosses WWII

By Mike Langley
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 20
ISBN: 9781473879515
Published: 21st November 2016
Last Released: 12th April 2021



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The story of Anders Lassen is one of the most amazing and heroic of the Second World War – indeed in the history of the British armed services. He was awarded no fewer than three Military Crosses and the SAS regiment’s only Victoria Cross. From the day he stalked and killed a stag armed only with a knife, Lassen had been recognized as quite unique. He took part in a series of extraordinary strikes against the Axis powers in West Africa, Normandy, the Channel Islands, the Aegean and Greece, the Balkans and, finally, in Italy.
This classic biography of a remarkable warrior, which was first published in 1988, is based on interviews with Lassen’s fellow soldiers and a wealth of original research. It covers each stage of Lassen’s short, brilliant career in vivid detail and offers a penetrating insight into the exceptional courage, confidence and single-minded motivation that lay behind Lassen’s extraordinary exploits. Mike Langley also reconstructs, using the testimony of survivors, the operation in which Lassen was killed and for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

"New and noteworthy".

WWII History Magazine - February 2022

This book gives an excellent account of the Allied campaign in the Aegean between 1943 and the liberation of Greece in 1944 and especially Lassen’s role in it.

Neos Kosmos

I have probably read virtually every publication which mentions Anders Lassen VC MC, and I think this is the best, most comprehensive book I have read.

Michael Mulford

The VC is a gold standard award for exceptional bravery in the face of the enemy, known around the world. The MC may be less well known outside Britain but it is a very high honour and to win three is exceptional.

This is the story of a unique individual and has been told well. Very Highly Recommended.
A story of exceptional action, not without controversy, that inspires and moves.

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About Mike Langley

Mike Langley, who died in 2006, was best known as a sports writer for the Daily Mirror. He won five major awards for his journalism and was the author of three successful books on soccer. His newspaper career was preceded by sailing on D-Day as an 18-year-old volunteer in a special service unit that saw action during the Normandy campaign. His biography of Anders Lassen is the only full account of Lassen’s life and exploits in English.

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