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The SBS in World War II / Gavin Mortimer.

By: Mortimer, Gavin.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Botley [England] : Osprey Pub., 2013Description: 256 pages : illustrations (some color), map.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1782001891; 9781782001898.Other title: SBS in World War 2 | SBS in World War Two.Subject(s): Great Britain. Royal Marines. Special Boat Service -- History | Great Britain. Royal Marines -- Commando troops | Special forces (Military science) -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th centuryDDC classification: 359.9840941
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The Special Boat Squadron was Britain's most exclusive Special Forces unit during World War II. Highly trained, totally secretive and utterly ruthless, the SBS was established as an entity in its own right in early 1943, having previously operated under the auspices of the SAS during the war in North Africa. Unlike its sister unit, which numbered more than 1,000 men, the SBS never comprised more than 100. Led by men such as the famed Victoria Cross recipient Anders Lassen, the SBS went from island to island in the Mediterranean, landing in the dead of night in small fishing boats and launching savage hit and run raids on the Germans. By the end of the war they had served in Italy, the Balkans and mainland Greece, and following the cessation of hostilities their deeds were airbrushed out of history by an establishment that had never warmed to their piratical exploits. Through unrivalled access to the SBS archives and interviews with the surviving members of the unit, Gavin Mortimer has pieced together the dramatic exploits of this elite fighting force, fully illustrated with images of their daring actions, finally granting the unit the recognition they so richly deserved.

Subtitle on cover: An illustrated history.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 247-249) and index.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Dedication (p. 6)
  • Acknowledgements (p. 7)
  • Introduction (p. 9)
  • Chapter 1 Birth of the Boat Service (p. 15)
  • Chapter 2 From Service to Squadron (p. 27)
  • Chapter 3 Sick in Sardinia (p. 43)
  • Chapter 4 A Close Call in Crete (p. 55)
  • Chapter 5 Armistice and Uncertainty (p. 73)
  • Chapter 6 The Germans Fight Back (p. 87)
  • Chapter 7 Defeat in the Dodecanese (p. 97)
  • Chapter 8 New Recruits for a New Year (p. 113)
  • Chapter 9 Piracy on the High Seas (p. 123)
  • Chapter 10 Turkish Deceit for the SBS (p. 133)
  • Chapter 11 Caught, Questioned, Vanished (p. 145)
  • Chapter 12 Vengeance (p. 157)
  • Chapter 13 Germany on the Run (p. 169)
  • Chapter 14 Into the Balkans (p. 177)
  • Chapter 15 The Nazis' Greek Tragedy (p. 187)
  • Chapter 16 Adriatic Offensive (p. 199)
  • Chapter 17 Andy Lassen's Big War (p. 211)
  • Chapter 18 The End of the Odyssey (p. 223)
  • Glossary (p. 234)
  • Notes (p. 236)
  • Bibliography (p. 247)
  • Index (p. 250)