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SAS Italian Job

Narrated by: Matt Bates
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
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An impossible mission in wartime Italy: the next explosive best seller from Damien Lewis.

In the hard-fought winter of 1944, the Allies advanced northwards through Italy but stalled on the fearsome mountainous defences of the Gothic Line. Two men were parachuted in, in an effort to break the deadlock. Their mission: to penetrate deep into enemy territory and lay waste to the Germans' impregnable headquarters.

At the 11th hour, mission commanders radioed for David 'The Mad Piper' Kilpatrick to be flown in, resplendent in his tartan kilt. They wanted this fearless war hero to lead the assault, piping 'Highland Laddie' as he went - so leaving an indelible British signature to deter Nazi reprisals.

As the column of raiders formed up, there was shocking news. High command radioed through an order to stand down, having assessed the chances of success at little more than zero. But in defiance of orders, and come hell or high water, they were going in.

Damien Lewis' new best seller tells the incredible story.

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Quite Lost for Words!

It's not so often these days that I read military history and I end up almost lost for words. Of course I always knew about partisans and that they were supported by British troops but I had no idea quite the role that they played. The amount of damage small numbers of troops did to the enemy existing in occupied territory for such a long period simply cannot be under-estimated. They must have saved thousands upon thousands of allied lives.

This story brings the characters to life and shows the sheer backbone and yes even at times the utter bloody mindedness they possessed. Defying the odds, defying their own commanders and defying the obstacles in their way they took the fight to the enemy in their own backyard.

It's staggering stuff, this heady mix of nationalities stiffened by British special forces achieved so much and for some in particular there was scant reward but the achievement itself.

Inspirational.

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Wartime Politics

This is a FANTASTIC story and really captures how life and war was in the Italian Alps and how the partizans really helped with the effort of creating a soft underbelly off the Nazi war machine. I have listen to DL before and was fantastic, again he is great, but and this a big but the sound quality is not so good, as it cuts in and out occasionally... im guessing this a bad edit? If this can me amended this would be 5 stars. I dont like taking a star off but there does need a quality control. the story is 5stars however.

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Good listen

A great story, how some of the men were treated after the war is truly disappointing

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wow, what an amazing listen. A+++

An amazing story, well worth a listen. A time when bravery knew no bounds. Hero's one and all.

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Took a bit of time to get going

This book took a bit of time to get going I personally thought but when it did it was fantastic.

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Heroes who gave us the freedoms and easy lives we have today.

Let’s just hope the world never forgets the horrors of war. Too many lives were lost in the last two wars. There will always be leaders and hero’s but we need them to keep the world at peace.
This was a great book.
We are visiting FRANCE and last weekend went deep into the woods to a memorial celebration where the French resistance hero’s were massacred and remembered. There were hundreds of people there.
Let’s remember and never make the same mistakes again.
I strongly recommend this book and author.
Thank you.

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Excellent book

Very enjoyable book about the widely little known or recognised work of the SAS and their allies in Italy during WW2

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Let the truth be told

It was very moving to listen to the exploits of these brave and courageous men being told in a factual and detailed way, Thankyou
Damien Lewis for all your hard work.

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Yet again another great book 📙

I personally think that Damien Lewis as a good author and all the books i have read have had me gripped and really enjoyed them especially this one it just goes to show you how all the planning in the world and things can still go wrong

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true bravery

I really enjoyed this book about extraordinary bravery and a dose of good luck . It tells the story of UK special forces (SAS & SOE) along with partisan fighters with a common hatred of fascism . Without the efforts of these incredible people , both men and women , the war in Italy may well have concluded differently.

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  • Lars
  • 22-11-19

Outstanding book

As always Damien Lewis thrills with his excellent stories on WW2 Special forces.

Best regards,
Lars P. Hansen
Denmark