Raiding Forces

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Those Who Dare Summary

This is the first audiobook in the epic WWII Raiding Forces series. Meticulously researched (the author was an instructor at the Army Ranger School), the series begins with the birth of special operations - as seen through the eyes of a young American officer who has volunteered to serve with British Forces. 

May, 1940: 10th Panzer Division has decimated France and is driving on Calais a short distance from Dunkirk. Lieutenant John Randal, a veteran of the US 26th Cavalry Regiment, volunteers to serve with the British forces and arrives on the continent three days before the town falls. What unfolds is a blend of guerrilla tactics learned in the Philippian jungles, the first small-scale Commando raid, tough training at No. 1 Parachute Training School, suspense, humor, and a little romance with the drop-dead gorgeous widow Lady Jane Seaborn. 

The author - a decorated Ranger combat veteran - covers the details of war extensively, putting the listener right in the middle of the action. As the novel ends, newly promoted Major Randal, upon returning from the first British parachute raid of the war, is alerted that Raiding Forces will deploy within 48 hours via sea transport for their next mission off the Gold Coast of Africa.

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  • Book 1

    • Those Who Dare

    • Raiding Forces, Volume 1
    • By: Phil Ward
    • Narrated by: Miles Meili, Shauna MacDonald
    • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
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    May, 1940: 10th Panzer Division has decimated France and is driving on Calais a short distance from Dunkirk. Lieutenant John Randal, a veteran of the US 26th Cavalry Regiment, volunteers to serve with the British forces and arrives on the continent three days before the town falls.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Great story about the WW2 special forcess

    • By N. J. Addley on 31-10-18

    Regular price: £22.89

  • Book 2

    • Dead Eagles

    • Raiding Forces, Book 2
    • By: Phil Ward
    • Narrated by: Miles Meili, Shauna MacDonald
    • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In this sequel to Those Who Dare, US Major John Randal, Commander of Strategic Raiding Forces is back, leading a crew of British Commandos, Royal Marines, and Royal Navy raiders on bigger and bolder missions to foil Hitler's Third Reich. Off the Gold Coast colony in Africa, the Germans are operating a naval intelligence ring that gathers information about British convoys in the southern sea lane. Couriers carry the data to nearby Rio Bonita, a tiny Portuguese island protectorate, whence they are broadcast to Nazi U-boats and surface raiders from a clandestine radio station onboard one of three interned enemy ships.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • More WW2 spec Ops stories

    • By N. J. Addley on 31-10-18

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  • Book 3

    • Blood Wings

    • Raiding Forces, Book 3
    • By: Phil Ward
    • Narrated by: Miles Meili, Shauna MacDonald
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Major Randal parachutes into the middle of Italian East Africa with orders to raise a guerrilla army. Everything that can go wrong does. Blood Wings is a story of unconventional warfare and the ability to improvise, adapt, and press on against overwhelming odds. As in the first two Raiding Forces military adventures, Major Randal takes on a long-range, independent mission against incredible odds.  

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  • Book 4

    • Roman Candle

    • Raiding Forces, Book 4
    • By: Phil Ward
    • Narrated by: Miles Meili, Shauna MacDonald
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
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    In this sequel to Blood Wings, US Major John Randal, commander of Strategic Raiding Forces, returns in Roman Candle, the second book in a trilogy within the Raiding Forces Series about the Abyssinian Campaign. Major Randal is raising a guerrilla army 600 miles behind the enemy lines in Italian East Africa. In the north, Col. Orde Wingate prepares to lead a column of ragtag patriots to install the exiled emperor back on his thorn. Out of the Sudan, the Kaid readies to attack with two Indian divisions into the mountainous Kern stronghold.

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  • Book 5

    • Guerilla Command

    • Raiding Forces Series, Book V
    • By: Phil Ward
    • Narrated by: Miles Meili, Shauna MacDonald
    • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
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    In Guerrilla Command Major John Randal leads the Abyssinian guerrilla army he has raised against the Italians in central Abyssinia in the final phase of his private guerrilla war...This is the story of an extraordinary military campaign that has been lost to history.

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  • Book 6

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  • Book 7

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