Anders Lassen VC, MC of the SAS (Kindle)
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 less 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.
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.Firetrench
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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