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British Special Forces (Kindle)

The Story of Britain's Undercover Soldiers

Reference SAS & Elite Forces

By William Seymour
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military Classics
Series: Military Classics
File Size: 15.9 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 372
ISBN: 9781473803176
eBook Released: 1st August 2007

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This is the first comprehensive history of all the British Special Forces, from their beginnings during the Second World War to the Falklands War.

The birth of many of the Special Forces was controversial - they were accused of being 'private armies' and a waste of valuable manpower that could have been better used within the regular forces. Their existence was justified only by their successes. The secrecy that still surrounds some of the Special Forces makes writing an authoritative history no easy task.

William Seymour's fascinating narrative draws on a wide variety of documentary sources and eye-witness accounts from surviving members of the Forces. The Special Forces covered are: The Commandos, the Special Boat Section, Combined Operations Pilotage Parties, the Long Range Desert Group, Popski's Private Army, The Special Air Service, the Special Boat Squadron and Raiding Forces, and the Royal Marines Special Forces.

From the chaungs of Burma to the African desert, the Greek islands to the D-Day landing beaches, Special Forces played a vital part in Allied victory in the Second World War.

Any of belligerent states during World War II hadn’t had so numerous and various special forces as United Kingdom. Formed in 1940, just in five years they were created in all services, battled a bloody, but glorious way from separate companies to brigades and battalion-sized units, resulting in hundreds of well-deserved decorations including a few VCs. Moreover, they became the nucleus for many other Commonwealth and Allied countries’ special forces. After 1945 they were disbanded almost to the end but fortunately carried on as Special Air Service and Special Boat Squadron through jungles of South East Asia and deserts of Middle East to cliffs and highlands of Falklands.
William Seymour has done his best in this comprehensive and meticulous work, combining detailed information on accomplished and failed operations with vivid eyewitness accounts made by their participants. This book is to be considered as British Special Forces’ narrative history as well as a source for future researches on this subject.

Mykhaylo Akimov

Any of belligerent states during World War II hadn’t had so numerous and various special forces as United Kingdom. Formed in 1940, just in five years they were created in all services, battled a bloody, but glorious way from separate companies to brigades and battalion-sized units, resulting in hundreds of well-deserved decorations including a few VCs. Moreover, they became the nucleus for many other Commonwealth and Allied countries’ special forces. After 1945 they were disbanded almost to the end but fortunately carried on as Special Air Service and Special Boat Squadron through jungles of South East Asia and deserts of Middle East to cliffs and highlands of Falklands.
William Seymour has done his best in this comprehensive and meticulous work, combining detailed information on accomplished and failed operations with vivid eyewitness accounts made by their participants. This book is to be considered as British Special Forces’ narrative history as well as a source for future researches on this subject.

Mykhaylo Akimov

Any of belligerent states during World War II hadn’t had so numerous and various special forces as United Kingdom. Formed in 1940, just in five years they were created in all services, battled a bloody, but glorious way from separate companies to brigades and battalion-sized units, resulting in hundreds of well-deserved decorations including a few VCs. Moreover, they became the nucleus for many other Commonwealth and Allied countries’ special forces. After 1945 they were disbanded almost to the end but fortunately carried on as Special Air Service and Special Boat Squadron through jungles of South East Asia and deserts of Middle East to cliffs and highlands of Falklands.
William Seymour has done his best in this comprehensive and meticulous work, combining detailed information on accomplished and failed operations with vivid eyewitness accounts made by their participants. This book is to be considered as British Special Forces’ narrative history as well as a source for future researches on this subject

Mykhaylo Akimov
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