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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. 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. Through unrivalled access to the SBS archives and interviews with the surviving members of the unit, Gavin Mortimer has pieced together the largely forgotten dramatic exploits of this elite fighting force. In this new and updated paperback edition, featuring additional content including new text and photographs, the unit and its members are finally granted the recognition that they so richly deserve.
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Table of Contents

Dedication /Acknowledgements /Introduction /Chapter 1. Birth of the Boat Service /Chapter 2. From Service to Squadron /Chapter 3. Sick in Sardinia /Chapter 4. A Close Call in Crete /Chapter 5. Armistice and Uncertainty /Chapter 6. The Germans Fight Back /Chapter 7. Defeat in the Dodecanese /Chapter 8. New Recruits for a New Year /Chapter 9. Piracy on the High Seas /Chapter 10. Turkish Deceit for the SBS /Chapter 11. Caught, Questioned, Vanished /Chapter 12. Vengeance /Chapter 13. Germany on the Run /Chapter 14. Into the Balkans /Chapter 15. The Nazis' Greek Tragedy /Chapter 16. Adriatic Offensive /Chapter 17. Andy Lassen's Big War /Chapter 18. The End of the Odyssey /Glossary /Notes /Bibliography /Index

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Based on exclusive access to the Special Forces archives, coupled with interviews with the surviving members, Gavin Mortimer tells the story of the origins and dramatic operations of Britain's Special Boat Squadron in World War II.

About the Author

Gavin Mortimer is the author of Stirling's Men (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2004), a ground-breaking history of the early operations of the SAS, The SAS in World War II (Osprey, 2015) and The Daring Dozen (Osprey, 2012). 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. His most recent book is The Men Who Made the SAS: The History of the Long Range Desert Group (Constable, 2015).

Reviews

"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" "This book was very interesting and I managed to read it in two sessions as I could not put it down while travelling on business. It held my interest and pulled you in to the missions while showing the human side of the conflicts they were involved in." - IPMS"The personal statements and memoirs of many SBS men were used in the book, adding an authenticity that helps tell the history in a clear way that is enjoyable to read. A large number of archival and personal photographs add to the richness of the collection." - WWII History "This book was very interesting and I managed to read it in two sessions as I could not put it down while travelling on business. It held my interest and pulled you in to the missions while showing the human side of the conflicts they were involved in." - IPMS

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