SAS - Men in the Making: An Original's Account of Operations in Sicily and Italy

Davis MC, Peter, Davis, Paul

Published by Pen and Sword, 2015
ISBN 10: 1473845602 / ISBN 13: 9781473845602
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Memoirs of SAS 'originals' have always been rare but over 70 years on, this is a real 'find'. The author fought as a young officer in Sicily and Italy and this title throws fascinating first hand light on the character of the legendary Paddy Mayne. Editor(s): Davis, Paul. Num Pages: 288 pages, 16 pages of black and white plates. BIC Classification: 1DBK; 1DST; 3JJH; BM; HBJD1; HBWQ; JWH. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 167 x 242 x 28. Weight in Grams: 812. . 2015. Hardcover. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781473845602

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Synopsis: Peter Davis was the youngest officer in the SAS during World War II. In his autobiographical account, he reveals the naïve enthusiasm he felt when he joined the Unit, his fears and trepidation during training, and the horror at what he later experienced during his first operations in the liberation of Sicily and Italy. This is his story.

It explores the difficulty of a young, inexperienced officer leading older and seasoned soldiers. It tells of mistakes a ‘rookie’ can make and of how listening, learning and ultimately earning respect made him the skillful leader he ultimately became. During later operations he was awarded the Military Cross.

Through it all the enigmatic figure of Paddy Mayne looms large. At times irrational, aggressive, and often drunk, he was always a born leader able to instill obedience and respect. Where he led, men followed.

This autobiographical account was written shortly after the end of the War, using diaries written at the time. It is possibly the last, untold, firsthand account of a time of chaos, of horror and of the camaraderie of the men of the SAS.

About the Author: Peter Davis was born in August 1921. He joined an infantry unit after school, deferring a scholarship to Cambridge until after the War. In 1942 he joined the SAS. This book tells of his experiences in Sicily and Italy in 1942 and 1943. He went on to be promoted to Captain and following a skirmish in France in 1945, was awarded the Military Cross. After the War, he took up his scholarship and was granted a Master of Arts degree. He married and moved to South Africa. Peter was murdered on 4 March 1994 and this remains an unsolved crime. Editor Details: Paul Davies, the author’s son, has resettled in the UK after many years in South Africa.

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Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication Date: 2015
Binding: Hardcover
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