Commandos in Exile

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

Nicholas van der Bijl

 
Date Published :
February 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 b/w photos
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781399013857
Pages : 248
Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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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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Married with a daughter, Nick van der Bijl served 30 years in the Army, mainly in the Intelligence Corps, that included 3 Commando Brigade throughout the Falklands campaign, three years in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. His second career was as an NHS security manager; also a Justice of the Peace for fifteen years. He is a Trustee of the Military Intelligence Museum. He is retired. He has written a number of books about the Falklands War.

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