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Commando Men (Paperback)

The Story of a Royal Marine Commando in World War Two

Military P&S History WWII > Battles & Campaigns > D-Day & Normandy

By Bryan Samain
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 190
ISBN: 9781783461936
Published: 28th February 2014
Last Released: 17th March 2014



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First published in 1948 as 'Commando Men - The Story Of A Royal Marine Commando in North-West Europe', the book tells the story of the men of General Section 45 Royal Marine Commando in N.W. Europe. Samain was the Intelligence Officer of No. 45 Royal Marine Commando, and in this revised edition the book gives a complete yet concise account of their operations from D-Day until VE-Day, through Northern France to the Baltic.

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A very clear, readable, and quite personal account of the remarkable exploits of No.45 Commando, which serves as a fine tribute to the courage and skill of its personnel, who may be considered an elite in the truest sense of that much over-used word.

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An excellent history that includes some interesting photographs and plenty of maps depicting the actions fought by No.45 Commando.


About Bryan Samain

BRYAN SAMAIN, author of 'Commando Men' (first published in 1948, new edition just published),started his career in Fleet Street newspaper journalism. He served in WW2 in Normandy, Holland and Germany with two Royal Marines Commando units, Nos. 45 and 46 Commandos (both part of First Commando Brigade), principally as Intelligence Officer of 45 RM Commando. He also served with '45' in Hong Kong in 1946, helping to restore law and order in the then newly re-occupied British Colony. He resumed his journalistic career following demobilisation in 1946. Two years later he entered the industrial PR and publicity field, working over a period of 35 years for several leading companies, notably, British Steel, Ford and EMI. He has written several memoirs, including 'Personal Encounters' (first published in 2000) and now lives in retirement in Suffolk.

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