The Daring Dozen: Special Forces Legends of World War II

The Daring Dozen: Special Forces Legends of World War II

by Gavin Mortimer
     
 

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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

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

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

“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)

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849088428
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
06/19/2012
Series:
General Military Series
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"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

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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