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So much has been written about the British Special Forces in the Second World War which Winston Churchill urged to 'set Europe ablaze' that few now remember that the Germans were actually very much the first in the field in this form of unconventional warfare.
Indeed, two days before the official declaration of war German commando units disguised as Poles were holding key positions along the frontier and for the next three years men of Admiral Canaris's Brandenburgers, formed long before the British Commandos or American Rangers were dreamed of, played a key role in Hitler's military operations. The captured the vital bridges across the River Meuse in 1940; they trekked across the African desert in an attempt to raise the Egyptian Army against the British; they sabotaged diamond mines in South Africa; they even supported the IRA and the Welsh Nationalists.
Kessler, who was personally acquainted with many of the survivors, pays a fitting tribute to a very gallant band of men who, as he clearly shows, went on fighting for Fuhrer and Fatherland long after they must have known that their cause was lost. Misguided they may seem in hindsight, but their courage cannot be denied.
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Lots of true tales of spies and Kommando units in action, including Skorzeny and his famous rescue of Mussolini. Admiral Canaris both in life and at his death. the book keeps up a pace of fascinating reading with amazing action adventures, and blunders on all sides which cost lives. Well worth reading about an unusual aspect of WW2 --By N. Brennan
It is a good book. It fully explains how the nazi opereations worked and it put you in the mind of the agents. It vividly explained how the Kommandos planned and executed their top secret missions. It is a very well written book. --David Kirk
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Book Description Leo Cooper. Condition: New. Hardcover w / dustjacket. NEW. Dust jacket is new. History Book Club Edition. Stored in sealed plastic protection. No pricing stickers. No remainder mark. No previous owner's markings. In the event of a problem we guarantee full refund. 1995. Hardcover w / dustjacket. Seller Inventory # J-90091
Book Description Leo Cooper, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. First. Seller Inventory # DADAX0850524644
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Book Description Leo Cooper, London, UK, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. 32 B/W Photos (illustrator). First Edition. (full book description) Leo Cooper, London, UK, 1995. 1st Edition NEW, Hard Cover, w/Dust Jacket. Size=6"x8.5", 176pgs(Index). 32 B/W Photos. Brand New copy. Clean, bright and very tight. No ink names, tears, chips, foxing, etc. Unread and unopened due to its tightness. ISBN 0850524644 SELLING WORLDWIDE SINCE 1987. WE PACK WITH GREAT CARE, 99% OF OUR BOOKS ARE SHIPPED IN CUSTOM BOXES!. Book. Seller Inventory # CONROY242883I