Set Europe Ablaze

Dick Camp

1942: U.S. Marines Jim Cain and Leland Montgomery are sent to Scotland to undertake the brutal British Commando training course. Before the course is even finished, the commando squad is deployed to destroy a German radar station on Nazi-occupied Alderney in support of the Dieppe raid.
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April 2021
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ISBN : 9781636240084
Pages : 240
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"Casemate has a long history of publishing high quality military history non-fiction. Lately, they have expanded their range of work to include well written novels using wartime settings." - WWII History MagazineFollows the story of two US Marines sent to learn from the British Commando training regime in Scotland, 1942.

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. Pitiless forced marches, dangerous live fire exercises and hazardous assault courses building their physical endurance, and a strong sense of brotherhood develops between the British soldiers and the two Marines. Lucky to be quartered in the spacious home of the Commandos' commanding officer, Cain has the pleasure of meeting his daughter, Loreena. Bright and stunning, Loreena is secretive about her work in London. Before Cain can learn more about her, the training course is interrupted and the commando squad is sent on a special mission to destroy a German radar station on Nazi-held Alderney, off the coast of France.

While 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 German combat veteran, joins the fight. The action is fierce and bloody and there are heavy losses on both sides. The surviving raiders withdraw to Royal Navy motor torpedo boats, but a marauding squadron of Schnellboots (E-Boats) lies in wait.

About The Author

Dick Camp, a Purple Heart recipient, served 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps before retiring in 1988. Upon retirement he served as the Deputy Director, U.S. Marine Corps History Division and as the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, Vice President for Museum Operations at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, Quantico, Virginia. Currently residing in Fredericksburg, Virginia, he is the author of many books and over 100 magazine articles on various military related subjects.


"All of this shows in his meticulous attention to relevant detail that brings the action to life with immediacy, emotion, and humour. And humour is necessary to relieve the tension of ongoing, heavy, military and naval exciting tale, masterfully told."

- The Historical Novels Review

"The narrative is clear and engaging, keeping the reader's interest as the wide-ranging plot comes together to a thrilling conclusion."

- WWII History Magazine

"Richard Camp has drawn upon his years of experience and expertise of 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps (and being a Purple Heart recipient) to produce an outstanding war story that will hold the reader's rapt attention from cover to cover."

- Midwest Book Review

"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."

- Fred H. Allison, Maj USMC (Ret), PhD, Former Head of Oral History, Marine Corps University, History Division

"Training descriptions are realistic and the eventual commitment of the training group to actual combat includes a rousing description of a Nazi villain/coward, the raid on a coastal island with heroics and loss."

- Scott Brooks-Miller, Former Marine and Vietnam Veteran

"The exciting and riveting actions of this totally outstanding book are told in a remarkably clear and inspiring fashion!"

- Major General Ted Hopgood, Jr. USMC (Ret.)

An action packed, well written story that kept me spellbound. I enjoyed the swashbuckling tale of Marine Raiders, Captain Jim Cain and Gunnery Sergeant   Leland Montgomery, as they trained with and later led British Commandos on a successful raid against the Nazis in WW ll. Author Richard Camp captures the feelings and fears of warriors in combat. You can tell he has experienced close combat as a Marine infantry leader. The touch of romance between Cain and the beautiful daughter of a British Brigadier adds to the plot. It's an inspiring story of three premiere  organizations: the American Marine Raiders and the British Commandos as they succeed against impossible odds, with strong support by Royal Navy Torpedo Boats. This book is a real page turner.

- William Weise, Brigadier General, United States Marine Corps

Dick Camp's first try at writing fiction, after great success as a recorder of actual historical events, is a true winner. In Commandos, he immerses the reader in an exciting, yet factual, adventure that holds your total interest throughout the story. This most enjoyable read is divided into parts and sections which ensures that the reader does not miss a bit of the action or excitement found in the story. The author gets a hearty 'Well Done' for his first storytelling effort."

- George R. Christmas, Lieutenant General, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

"The whole book could be turned into a skirmish game or a TV movie."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"A really excellent book. Good characters, a great story and a fascinating insight into the lives of our first special-forces soldiers."

- Love Reading

"During my more than 34 years of active duty I had the opportunity to train with British Forces often; including the legendary Seventh Gurkhas, the Royal Welch Fusiliers and the Royal Marines. This included Northern Wedding/Bold Guard '78. Clearly some of the best trained and most effective regiments. Major General Sir Jeremy Moore, former Commander, Commando Forces in the Falklands War in 1979; died in 2007. I believe he would have told Colonel Camp, 'you captured the true spirit of the Royal Marines... Well Done and Carry On.'"

- Donald R. Gardner, Major General, U.S. Marine Corps, (Ret)

"My big dilemma was not wanting it to end. I tried to read a little bit each day to make it last longer but ultimately, I couldn't put the book down. I loved all the characters, and could visualize individuals like them (even the Germans). The research was impressive (especially on the British side) and really kept the history major in me totally enthralled in the action. I was really impressed with how well the characters were developed. My one big disappointment, I finished the book and wanted more."

- Rich Natonski, Lt. General United States Marine Corps (Retired)

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