Author(s): Malcolm Tudor
This is the story of Britain’s elite special force in Italy during the Second World War. In the summer of 1943, the Special Air Service came out of Africa to carry the fight to the Germans and Fascists in Sicily and on the mainland.
At the time, the originator of the SAS, Colonel David Stirling, was held in Italy’s high-security Prisoner of War Camp Five at Gavi in Piedmont. But his work continued. The idea of small groups of parachutists operating behind enemy lines to attack strategic targets and to obtain intelligence was realised in the daring missions carried out in Italy by the men of the 2nd SAS Regiment and the Special Raiding Squadron.
In the first phase, they mounted island raids, took part in the invasion of the mainland, rescued escaped prisoners of war and supported the Anzio landings. In the second phase, they helped to breach the Gothic Line and to secure the victory, this time in concert with the Italian Resistance.
The SAS carried out over twenty operations in wartime Italy and they are all covered in fascinating detail in this ground-breaking book.
|FORMAT||234 x 156 mm|
|PUBLICATION DATE||30 August 2018|
|ILLUSTRATIONS||14 black-and-white photographs|