The SBS in World War II: an Illustrated History

The SBS in World War II: an Illustrated History

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By (author) Gavin Mortimer

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 196mm x 252mm x 28mm | 1,080g
  • Publication date: 17 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1782001891
  • ISBN 13: 9781782001898
  • Illustrations note: 60 MONOL
  • Sales rank: 321,983

Product description

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.

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Author information

Gavin Mortimer is the author of Stirling's Men (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004), a ground-breaking history of the early operations of the SAS, The Longest Night: Voices from the London Blitz (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005) and The Blitz: An Illustrated History (Osprey, 2010). An award-winning writer whose books have been published on both sides of the Atlantic, Gavin has previously written for The Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer and Esquire magazine. He continues to contribute to a wide range of newspapers and magazines from BBC History to the American Military History Quarterly. His latest book The SAS in World War II was published in 2011 (Osprey), excerpts from which featured in The Times, the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph. He has lectured on the wartime SAS at the National Army Museum and will be discussing 'The SAS in World War Two' at the 2012 Brympton literary festival.

Review quote

"Propelled by vivid writing and richly illustrated. It helps set the record straight by finally granting the men of the SBS some well-deserved recognition for being the forerunners of today's Special Boat Service, the special forces units of the U.K. Naval Service."" --Toy & Soldier Model Figure"

Table of contents

Chapter One: His Lordship's Rum Ones Chapter Two: Palestine preparations Chapter Three: Triumph in Crete and ice cream in Cairo Chapter Four: Sickness in Sardinia Chapter Five: Island Hopping Chapter Six: The Reich Strikes Back Chapter Seven: Anders Lassen's Merry Men Chapter Eight: Pirates of the Mediterranean Chapter Nine: Greek Tragedy Chapter Ten: The Balkans Chapter Eleven: Into Athens Chapter Twelve: A Bitter End Epilogue Index