SAS in Tuscany


Brian Lett

Date Published :
December 2011
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
16 b/w plates
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848844469
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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While always dangerous and daring, SAS operations are by no means invariably successful and when they go wrong, they do so very badly.

The first of the three operations covered in this book, SPEEDWELL 2, saw six men drop blind into Northern Tuscany on 8 September 1943, by chance the day of the Italian Armistice. But with no radios or air/ground support their courageous three week operation ended in disaster; four were captured and executed and only one got out.

The second and third operations, GALIA (winter 44/45) and BLIMEY (April 1945), provided contrasting results. GALIA, 34 men led by Captain Walker-brown, tied up many thousands of enemy troops for nearly two months under extreme winter conditions – an extraordinary achievement, thanks in measure to cooperation with an SOE mission led by Major Gordon Lett, the author’s father. BLIMEY sadly achieved little and the reasons for the success and failure of these two operations are carefully analyzed.

This book adds valuable new information on SAS operations in WWII.

About The Author

Brian Lett is an author of World War Two history, who has seven books currently in print. He has lectured extensively upon irregular warfare in World War II, including to the British Army. He is a recently retired Queen's Counsel who practised at the Bar of England and Wales for forty-seven years.

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