by Damien Lewis
In the bleak moments after defeat on mainland Europe in winter 1939, Winston Churchill knew that Britain had to strike back hard. So Britain's wartime leader called for the lightning development of a completely new kind of warfare, recruiting a band of eccentric free-thinking warriors to become the first 'deniable' secret operatives to strike behind enemy lines, offering these volunteers nothing but the potential for glory and all-but-certain death. Churchill's Secret Warriors tells the story of the daring victories for this small force of 'freelance pirates', undertaking devastatingly effective missions against the Nazis, often dressed in enemy uniforms and with enemy kit, breaking all previously held rules of warfare. Master storyteller Damien Lewis brings the adventures of the secret unit to life, weaving together the stories of the soldiers' brotherhood in this compelling narrative, from the unit's earliest missions to the death of their leader just weeks before the end of the war.
Within weeks of Churchill becoming prime minister, the British had evacuated the army from Dunkirk and France had fallen. Churchill knew desperate measures were required and ordered the creation of the Special Operations Executive. There was to be nothing gentlemanly or chivalrous about the men recruited to confront the Nazis in their own back garden and Lewis tells a gripping tale of one of the most unscrupulous Special Forces groups who would wear enemy uniforms, assassinate, and rob banks if required. Lewis has done a wonderful job describing their exploits in West Africa, Crete and Italy.
'One of the most extraordinary stories of World War II is also one of the least commonly known ... compelling ... an eloquent and welcome tribute to their selfless, sometimes reckless courage - a howitzer of a tale that more people should know about'
Brian Viner, Daily Mail
. 'An enjoyable, thought-provoking read
. 'A truly astonishing story
Publication date: 04/06/2015
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
|Publication date:||4th June 2015|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, History,|
|Categories:||Second World War, Special & elite forces, 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000,|
Damien Lewis has written a dozen non-fiction books and thrillers, topping bestseller lists worldwide. His books include the Special Forces classics Operation Certain Death, Bloody Heroes and Cobra Gold, plus the Sunday Times No. 1 bestseller Zero Six Bravo. He has raised tens of thousands of pounds for services-related charities, and several of his books are being produced as feature films.More About Damien Lewis