The Daring Dozen: Special Forces Legends of World War II

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In this new book by journalist Gavin Mortimer, The Daring Dozen reveals the 12 legendary special forces commanders of World War II. Prior to World War II the concept of 'special forces' simply didn't exist. But thanks to visionary leaders like David Stirling and Charles Hunter, our very concept of how wars can be fought and won have totally changed. But these 12 extraordinary men not only reshaped military policy, they led from the front, accompanying their troops into the heat of battle, from the sands of North ...
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Overview

In this new book by journalist Gavin Mortimer, The Daring Dozen reveals the 12 legendary special forces commanders of World War II. Prior to World War II the concept of 'special forces' simply didn't exist. But thanks to visionary leaders like David Stirling and Charles Hunter, our very concept of how wars can be fought and won have totally changed. But these 12 extraordinary men not only reshaped military policy, they led from the front, accompanying their troops into the heat of battle, from the sands of North Africa to jumping on D-Day and infiltrating behind enemy lines. Each embodies the true essence of courage, what Winston Churchill remarked 'is esteemed [as] the first of human qualities.' But Mortimer also offers a skilful analysis of their qualities as a military commander and the true impact their own personal actions, as well as those of their units, had on the eventual outcome of the war.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Stirring, well-told tales about David Stirling, Evans Carlson, Orde Wingate, and nine more dashing creators of the modern concept of Special Forces."
--Gene Santoro, World War II, (November/December 2012)

"This book sheds light on soldiers who personified what it meant to be in Special Forces."
- Al Hemingway, WWII History (Early Winter 2013)

"Any military collection, particularly those strong in World War II history, must have this!"
- James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849088428
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/19/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,401,059
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Gavin Mortimer is the author of Stirling's Men (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004), a ground-breaking history of the early operations of the SAS, The Longest Night: Voices from the London Blitz (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005) and The Blitz: An Illustrated History (Osprey, 2010). An award-winning writer whose books have been published on both sides of the Atlantic, Gavin has previously written for The Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer and Esquire magazine. He continues to contribute to a wide range of newspapers and magazines from BBC History to the American Military History Quarterly. In addition he has lectured on the SAS in World War Two at the National Army Museum.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Special Boat Squadron Anders Lassen 11

Special Air Service David Stirling 33

82nd Airborne Edson Raff 63

Marine Raiders Evans Carlson 81

1st Special Service Force Robert Frederick 103

Special Raiding Squadron Paddy Mayne 125

Long Range Desert Group Ralph Bagnold 153

Tenth Light Flotilla Junio Valerio Borghese 177

Fallschirmjäger Baron von der Heydte 203

Brandenburgers Adrian von Fölkersam 221

Chindits Orde Wingate 237

5307th Composite Unit Charles Hunter 263

Endnotes 279

Glossary 289

Bibliography 292

Acknowledgements 294

Index 296

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