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Special Forces Hero (Hardback)

Anders Lassen VC MC**

SAS & Elite Forces Biographies Victoria Crosses Military

By Thomas Harder
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 416
Illustrations: 60 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526787514
Published: 16th February 2021

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Until the German occupation of his native Denmark in April 1940 Anders Lassen had no interest in the War. Yet over the next five years he became a highly decorated Special Forces legend and the only non-Commonwealth recipient of the Victoria Cross.

After taking part in a mutiny on board a Danish ship, he made his way to Scotland. He first joined the Special Operations Executive before serving with the Small Scale Raiding Force, Special Air Service and Special Boat Service. He took part in the daring Operation Postmaster, off West Africa, and raided the Channel Islands and the Normandy coast. He saw most action in Eastern Mediterranean, fighting in Crete, the Dodecanese, Yugoslavia, mainland Greece and finally Italy.

In April 1945, now a major aged 24, he was killed at Lake Comacchio, where his gallantry earned him his posthumous VC.

This superb biography is not just a worthy tribute to an outstanding soldier, but a superb account of the numerous special force operations Anders was involved in.

Review by Robert Bartlett

This is an excellent book. The depth of research is a tribute to the author as is his drive to ensure what he has written is balanced and fair not just to Lassen but his comrades. There are numerous pages of reference and notes, a bibliography and a detailed index all supporting the detailed and humbling story of this young man.

Oxford and Cambridge Club Military History Group

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About Thomas Harder

Thomas Harder is a Danish historian and literary translator. He is the author of twenty books on Italian subjects and four biographies.


He has translated works by numerous authors notably Salman Rushdie, Umberto Eco and most recently, Giovanni Boccaccio’s medieval classic Decameron. He also works as a freelance conference interpreter.


Thomas has received a number of Danish, Swedish and Italian awards for his historical research and writing and for his translations. He lives in Copenhagen with his wife. 

Special Forces Hero – Anders Lassen VC, MC**

19th May 2021

An event with Danish-UK Association: Author Thomas Harder talks about his latest book, Special Forces Hero – Anders Lassen. In addition to telling Lassen’s story and discussing his wide-ranging research, Thomas will talk about the birth of the British special forces, the war in the Eastern Mediterranean and Greece, and how the actions of a very small group of men on the periphery of the ”real” war were actually an integral part of much larger schemes. The session will be moderated by Wayne Harber, OBE K Free to attend, register via the link.


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