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Beachhead Assault (Paperback)

The Story of the Royal Naval Commandos in World War II

Military > Frontline Books > Frontline: WWII WWII > Battles & Campaigns > D-Day & Normandy

By David Lee, Foreword by Tony Parsons
Frontline Books
Pages: 272
Illustrations: 16
ISBN: 9781473894297
Published: 13th February 2017



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"Every page of Beachhead Assault has a tale of almost suicidal courage" - Tony Parsons, author of Man and Boy

"Each tale leaves you gasping at the almost nonchalant, offhand accounts of extraordinary courage and dangers . . . This is a page-turner of a book" - Journal of Naval Engineering

"Compelling reading . . . David Lee clearly and rightly admires these wonderful men and their deeds" - Colonel Mark Noble in Naval Review

The Royal Naval Commandos had one of the most dangerous and important tasks of any unit in World War II they were first onto the invasion beaches and they were the last to leave.

The Commandos' remarkable story from their early formation and their training to the invasions they spearheaded is told through a series of brilliantly linked anecdotes. Each tale is one of extraordinary courage and should ensure the legacy of the Commandos is not forgotten.

Beachhead Assault includes a Foreword by Man and Boy author Tony Parsons, whose father was a Royal Naval Commando who fought at Elba. It also contains a preface by Ken Oakley, Chairman of the Royal Naval Commando Association.

Many references are made of the various landing crafts and small craft used to make the first invasions of assaults which many model-makers are keen to model and create dioramas, but by reading this book it will make capturing the atmosphere of these horrific days more realistic.

Marine Modelling International, June 2017

Correcting the neglect of this very important organization, the author provides an inspiring account of the Royal Naval Commandos through an outstanding collection of anecdotes. The text is moving, inspiring, vivid, and the illustration in maps and images impressive – Highly Recommended.

Read the full review here.


About David Lee

DAVID LEE is the author of the highly acclaimed Up Close and Personal: The Reality of Close-Quarter Fighting in World War II - another collection of eyewitness narratives.

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