This remarkable story of Jim Almonds (Gentleman Jim) is set in wartime England, the western desert, Italy and France and recounts his formative role in the birth of the SAS. Against a dramatic background of love, courage and high-risk adventure, it captures for the first time the real spirit of the young soldiers in the newly emerging Special Air Service.Jim Almonds, a sergeant in the Guards Commandos, sailed for the Middle East as part of 'Layforce' in January 1941 with David Stirling and others destined to become SAS 'L' Detachment 'originals'. Following intensive training in the desert and action at Tobruk, Sidi Haneish, Nofelia and Benghazi, Almonds was captured and shipped to a POW camp in Italy, where he staged two escapes. After thirty-two days on the run in enemy territory, he reached US forces at the Benevento front line. Later, he parachuted into occupied France where he harried the Germans so effectively that he was awarded the Croix de Guerre.Written by Gentleman Jim's daughter and based on Almond's own diaries, various primary sources and interviews with other 'originals', the action throughout is vivid and immediate.
|Publication date:||20th January 2011|
|Author:||Lorna Almonds Windmill|
|Publisher:||Pen & Sword Military an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd|
|Categories:||Second World War, Special & elite forces, Biography: historical, political & military,|
Lorna Almonds-Windmill is a former Regular Army Captain who later had a career in the voluntary sector before becoming a Whitehall civil servant. She served in the then DTI and HM Treasury and in the European Commission in Brussels. In 1991, she won the European Union of Women/IBM Award for European Woman of Achievement (Professional category). The holder of a BA with First Class Honours in Politics, Philosophy and History (PPH) from the University of London, she is the daughter of the subject of her two books about `Gentleman Jim' Almonds, whose wartime story she told in `Gentleman Jim: the ...More About Lorna Almonds Windmill