Summer 1942. In Europe, defeatism hangs in the air. Nazi Germany occupies an ever-expanding number of countries. Britain stands alone. Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, is determined to strike back using elite commando forces. Two US Marines, receive order to join them.
Richard Camp served as a US Marine officer for 26 years before retiring in 1988. After retiring, he became the Deputy Director of the Marine Corps' History Division and then Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's VP for Museum Operations at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. He is an accomplished historian with over 150 published articles and 14 books to his name covering military subjects from WWII through to more recent events in Iraq and Afghanistan. Commandos is Camp’s first venture into fiction.
The author’s detailed knowledge of US Marine Corps history, procedure and language combined with meticulous research combine to create a highly authentic story set in the early part of WWII where a small group of Marines are posted to train with the newly created British commando forces. As their training draws near to completion, the team is notified of an urgent mission to test their newly acquired skills. They must destroy a radar facility on the German-held of Alderney off the coast of France.
This is a novel for all enthusiasts of military fiction. As with all such books, if they are a good enough read, the reader is drawn into the story through the medium of fiction and then, as the story progresses you find yourself learning about the people, their training methods, the procedures and all manner of other fascinating aspects pertinent to the time.
A really excellent book. Good characters, a great story and a fascinating insight into the lives of our first special-forces soldiers.
Summer 1942. Defeatism hangs in the air. Britain stands alone. Winston Churchill is determined to strike back and has ordered the formation of a special operations force, dubbed "Commandos", with the mission to "set Europe ablaze".
U.S. Marine Captain Jim Cain and his Gunnery Sergeant Leland Montgomery are surprised to receive orders to the British Commando training center in the Scottish Highlands. There they are put through the brutal specialized training that will hone their fighting skills and physical endurance. Pitiless forced marches, dangerous live fire exercises and hazardous assault courses separate the men from the boys, while building a strong sense of brotherhood among the British soldiers and the two Marines. Lucky to be quartered in the spacious home of the Commandos' CO, Cain has the pleasure of meeting Loreena. The stunning auburn-haired daughter of the CO is secretive about her work in London. Before Cain can learn more about her, the training course is interrupted. He and the commando squad are sent on a special mission to destroy a German radar station on a Nazi-held island off the coast of France.
The site is defended by a squad of second-rate garrison soldiers who are no match for the highly trained and motivated commandos. A reaction force of infantry, led by a blooded German combat veteran, joins the fight. The action is fierce and bloody and there are heavy losses on both sides. The surviving raiders are able to withdraw to Royal Navy motor torpedo boats, as a marauding squadron of Schnellboots (E-Boats) lies in wait. The Commandoes: Set Europe Ablaze is rich in detail and military accuracy which makes the story come alive and enables the reader to easily visualize the characters, the settings and the action scenes.
|Publication date:||28th July 2021|
|Primary Genre||Action Adventure|
Closing date: 03/02/2022
The exciting and riveting actions of this totally outstanding book are told in a remarkably clear and inspiring fashion... This book has it all! Readers will sweat through difficult training, experience vivid and heroic combat and even smile over a bit of mild romance for 'the skipper.' - MGen M. T. Ted Hopgood, Jr. USMC (Ret.)
This story is a spell-binder that will transport the reader into the time and place: Britain, 1942, commandos and a raid on a German-held island off the French coast. Noted military historian, prolifically published author, and Marine combat veteran, Colonel Richard Camp, USMC, has written a tantalizingly exciting tale in this work of historical fiction ... For those who crave action and drama, couched in authentic history, this book is recommended. One will not be disappointed. - Fred H. Allison, Maj USMC (Ret), PhD