Allied Special Forces Insignia

Allied Special Forces Insignia

by Peter Taylor


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As early as 1940 political leaders and military commanders responsible for the conduct of the Allied operations realized that, after a string of disastrous setbacks, national morale could only be restored by taking offensive action against the enemy. With the limited resources, available Churchill’s stirring call to ‘set Europe ablaze’ called for unconventional solutions and action.

From these uncertain beginnings was born a plethora of Allied Special Force units. Inevitably, some are household names but others are little known, having had brief and covert existences in far flung parts of the world.

All, however, had distinctive identities and their proudly worn insignia represent a fascinating and often elusive challenge for military collectors. This is due, not just to the scarcity of items in many cases, but to the mystery of their origin; a number of these units were established on an ad hoc and spontaneous basis.

Peter Taylor’s aim in compiling Allied Special Forces Insignia 1939-1948 is to fill a gap in the growing bibliography of militaria collecting. At the same time, Brigadier Bryan Watkins’ introduction sets in context the growth and development of Allied Special Forces during the global conflict 1939-45.

Lavishly illustrated, this work will prove an essential reference work and companion guide for the expert collector and all interested in military history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781591239
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 09/02/2013
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Peter Taylor is an author and historian.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Combined Operations 28

Chapter 2 The Special Air Service 64

Chapter 3 Other Raiding Forces in the Middle East 75

Chapter 4 Raiding Forces in the Far East 84

Chapter 5 Airborne Forces 96

Chapter 6 Special Operations Executive (SOE) 153

Chapter 7 United States Airborne and Raiding Forces 163

Chapter 8 Office of Strategic Services 179

Bibliography 182

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