Commandos in Exile

The Story of 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando 1942-1945

Nicholas van der Bijl

 
Date Published :
October 2008
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 b/w photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781844157907
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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Formed from members of Free Forces who had escaped from German occupation, 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando was one of the most unusual units in WW2. All members had to pass the Green Beret commando course at Achnacarry in Scotland and the book begins by describing this training. With no less than six national troops, plus X Troop drawn from exiled Jews, 10 Commando never fought as an entity but loaned troops for specific operations, such as One Troop (French) taking part in the Dieppe Raid, 2 Troop (Dutch) fighting at Arnhem, 5 Troop (Norwegian) raiding the Lofoten Islands etc.

At other times groups played a key intelligence role questioning POWs, translating captured documents, conducting reconnaissance patrols and intelligence gathering on the D-Day beaches.

The history of X Commando, made up of escaped Jewish individuals is especially interesting.

The book also reviews the growth of post-war national Commando forces.

About The Author
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Nick van der Bijl BEM spent 25 years, most in the Intelligence Corps between 1970 and 1989. Since retiring from the Army, he has pursued a career in security management in the defence industry, courier sector and the NHS. He is a Trustee of the Military Intelligence Museum. He has numerous published works in print with Pen and Sword Books including Nine Battles to Stanley, Victory in the Falklands, Confrontation, Operation BANNER and Sharing the Secret, A History of the Intelligence Corps. He lives in Somerset.

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