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Posted May 16, 2003
If you're looking for an overview of all sorts of elite forces in World War II, this is not your book. It is, however, a fascinating read. Miller uses oral interviews and records from the U.S. National Archives and the British Public Record Office to provide rarely heard voices from World War II. You can almost hear the exasperation in an SOE captain's voice as he describes an operation with ill-disciplined Greek guerrillas. Another SOE officer who served in Albania could be talking about 2003 when he discusses the difficulties of working with irregular forces: 'They take the money and they take the arms and go off and fight private civil wars of their own.' Many of the accounts in the book were reports by the participants to military superiors so this book is free of the rah-rah bluster so common to memoirs by retired special operators.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.