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George Jellicoe (Hardback)

SAS and SBS Commander

WWII North Africa in WWII SAS & Elite Forces Biographies Military

By Nicholas Jellicoe
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 336
Illustrations: 32 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399009447
Published: 31st May 2021

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George Jellicoe, son of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, commander of the British Grand Fleet at Jutland, was never compromised by his privileged upbringing. In this insightful biography, his son describes a life of action, drama, public service and controversy.

George’s exploits with the newly formed SAS, as David Stirling’s second-in-command, and later commanding the SBS, make for fascinating reading. Over four years it embraced the North African and Mediterranean campaigns and culminated in the saving of a newly-liberated Athens from the communist guerrillas of ELAS.

The brutality of Stalinist communism led him to join the post-war Foreign Office. In Washington he worked with Kim Philby and Donald Maclean in the cloak and dagger world of espionage. Resigning in 1958 so he could marry the woman he loved, he turned to politics. Although his ministerial career ended in 1973 after unwittingly become entangled with the Lambton scandal, he continued to sit in the House of Lords becoming ‘Father of the House’. He held numerous public appointments including President of the Royal Geographical Society, Chairman of the Medical Research Council, President of the SAS Regimental Association and the UK Crete Veterans Association.

Thanks to the author’s research and access, this is more than a biography of a significant public figure. It provides fascinating detail of Special Forces operations and the characters of the countless figures with whom he mixed.

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About Nicholas Jellicoe

Nick Jellicoe studied Chinese politics before working in advertising and running global communications for American Express and Rolex.


He has written two books on his grandfather Admiral Sir John Jellicoe who commanded the Grand Fleet at Jutland: Jutland – The Unfinished Battle and The Last Days of the High Seas Fleet, both with Seaforth Publishing.


His father George Jellicoe, the subject of this book, was a founder member of the Special Air Service. Later he went into politics and fittingly became the last holder of the office of First Lord of the Admiralty.


Nick has participated in numerous TV documentaries.


He is a Vice Patron of the Royal Naval Benevolent Trust and the Maritime Archaeological Trust.


He lives with his wife and one of his two daughters in Switzerland.

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