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A Perfect Hell: The True Story of the Black Devils, the Forefathers of the Special Forces

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It's 1942 and Hitler's armies stand astride Europe like a colossus. Germany is winning on every front. This is the story of how one of the world's first commando units, put together for the invasion of Norway, helped turn the tide in Italy. 1942. Whe … weiterlesen
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Titel: A Perfect Hell: The True Story of the Black Devils, the Forefathers of the Special Forces
Autor/en: John Nadler

ISBN: 0891418679
EAN: 9780891418672
Trade Pbk.
Sprache: Englisch.
PRESIDIO PRESS

März 2006 - kartoniert - 398 Seiten

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It's 1942 and Hitler's armies stand astride Europe like a colossus. Germany is winning on every front. This is the story of how one of the world's first commando units, put together for the invasion of Norway, helped turn the tide in Italy. 1942. When the British generals recommend an audacious plan to parachute a small elite commando unit into Norway in a bid to put Nazi Germany on the defensive, Winston Churchill is intrigued. But Britain, fighting for its life, can't spare the manpower to participate. So William Lyon MacKenzie King is contacted and asked to commit Canadian troops to the bold plan. King, determined to join Roosevelt and Churchill as an equal leader in the Allied war effort, agrees.
One of the world's first commando units, the First Special Service Force, or FSSF, is assembled from hand-picked soldiers from Canadian and American regiments. Any troops sent into Norway will have to be rugged, self-sufficient, brave, and weather-hardened. Canada has such men in ample supply.
The all-volunteer FSSF comprises outdoorsmen -- trappers, rangers, prospectors, miners, loggers. Assembled at an isolated base in Helena, Montana, and given only five months to train before the invasion, they are schooled in parachuting, mountain climbing, cross-country skiing, and cold-weather survival. They are taught how to handle explosives, how to operate nearly every field weapon in the American and German arsenals, and how to kill with their bare hands.
After the Norway plan is scrapped, the FSSF is dispatched to Italy and given its first test -- to seize a key German mountain-top position which had repelled the brunt of the Allied armies for over a month. In a reprise of theaudacity and careful planning that won Vimy Ridge for the Canadians in WWI, the FSSF takes the twin peaks Monte la Difensa and Monte la Remetanea by storming the supposedly unscalable rock face at the rear of the German position, and opens the way through the mountains.
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John Nadler is a contributing correspondent to CanWest Newspapers, Canada's largest newspaper chain, and writes for "Variety" magazine. His articles have appeared in "TIME," "Maclean's," "Canadian Business," the "Ottawa Citizen," "The Gazette" (Montreal), the "National Post," and "The Independent "in the UK. He lives in Hungary. "From the Hardcover edition."
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