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Commando

Winning World War II Behind Enemy Lines
Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: History, Military
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Summary

June 1940: As Britain's soldiers limped home from Dunkirk, a maverick Army officer was already devising a bold plan to hit back at the enemy. His idea was to revolutionise military thinking and change the face of warfare forever. Relying as much on stealth and guile as on courage and stamina, the Commandos brought to the battlefield the skills of the guerrilla. Trained by an unconventional band of experts, and led by a big-game hunter, a film star, a Highland chief and an eccentric wielding a bow and arrow, they became the spearhead of the Allied drive for victory. Weaving together official documents, new research, and veterans' own accounts, Commando reveals for the first time the exhilarating full story of WWII's most formidable fighting force.

©2012 James Owen (P)2012 Isis Publishing Ltd.

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gripping first book

This book and the stories within had me spellbound
A must read for anyone remotely interested in the military

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quite the eye opener

It goes to show that the ruling elite once again played with the average soul pretty much as their plaything in pursuit of personal glory. Funny how junior ranks get the slightest of mention whilst giving a vivid pictures of the gentry.

that said the commandos were all very brave especially those that went back for more. god bless all of them.

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Book good, but audio recording - oh dear

It's a good book let down by a poor audio recording. Or more precisely, let down by the very strange and even confusing mis-pronunciations that feature very heavily in the recording. Some are just bizarre, but some also undermine the meaning, most particularly the way Boulogne (in France) is pronounced as Bologna (in Italy). Unless you already know otherwise, that makes for some very confusing sections,

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Men Of Steel

What a Story of Men cut from a different cloth. The Commando Spirit and all they stood for. Men of such courage and fortitude. Highly Recommend one of the Best Books Ever on WW2 and these Men.

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Absolutely brilliant narrative history

An amazing story of truly amazing men...told in a very objective way. The narration is excellent...you can imagine Andrew is a young commando officer himself, delivering a post op debrief...

And it’s a important tale to tell

Well done all...

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Gripping!!!

a great listen into the ups and downs of the genesis of the Commando's from wars start through D-day and on to the battle in the East.

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  • Hilton
  • 07-10-12

I could only entre comments if I put one star down

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

After the first couple of chapters I was very excited to get into this book. What a shame I will never finish it.

What was most disappointing about James Owen’s story?

The author decided to disrespect the Australian troops. From this I could only ascertain that all the research would be invalid.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

Can I get my money back?

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